I received a personal letter from a reader last week regarding my attempts at gardening this summer.
I wanted to respond to the writer of the letter, Marion "Sarge" Eveland.
Well "Sarge," I have to admit, there is no "green thumb" in our household.
At least when it comes to gardening.
You had brought a bag of onions in to our office a while back and we did plant them.
However, "rugrats" managed to get them all.
To this date, we have no onions growing. Sad indeed, as my fiancee was really looking forward to those.
At one point, it appeared that some of them were actually growing. But alas, they are no more.
For that matter, little has come up in our "wonderful garden."
The patch where the "garden" is supposed to be, for that matter, has become a haven for all those wonderful weeds.
We planted several vegetables, including tomatoes, radishes, peppers, carrots, lima beans, corn and pumpkins.
So far, suffice it to say, only the corn and pumpkins are surviving. And the corn is getting hit by those pesky "rugrats" daily.
We did manage to get a handful of radishes. At last count, six grew.
What a great gardener, huh? Again, no green thumb in our household.
We did have one tomato plant survive so far. Still, no tomatoes, unfortunately. But, unlike most, we started with the seeds as opposed to a plant.
I haven't seen a single pepper or lima bean yet. But I guess there is still time. Maybe.
This was, after all, our first attempt at gardening. But it appeared the weeds took over the area in our backyard that was the garden. They set up house in that plot and have told the vegetables, 'if you can't pay the rent, you can't stay.'
Although this year didn't go as well as planned, There's always next year.
At least we will have some pumpkins in a couple months.
So, Sarge, this "amateur" gardener may have to wait until next year to tackle it all over again.
But I'm looking forward to it.
And we have to apologize. When last discussed, I had told you I would save you some of those onions.
Now, we don't even have any for ourselves. Even if one would have grown, I would have made sure you were the first person to receive it.
But thank you for the kind gesture. It was really special.
I do believe in the old saying: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
And that is what we will do.
Try, try again.