How does my garden grow?

I was talking to my gardener, Sal, the other day. He does landscaping, makeovers, planting, and he has a crew. I call on him to remake properties that have gone awry, are ignored, or are in need some life. He literally raises the dead (garden)!

I'm not sure how long Sal has worked for me. I'm not sure how we met...but I know it was by a friend who I can trust. What other friends are there?

He may have started sometime after Carl passed on. Back in the day, I used to do all of the yard work, front and back, myself. Well, most everything...except the pruning of the big hedges, the large apple tree, the big tropical bush with the giant stickers on the thin stems, and the rest of the perimeter trees/bushes. I would call professional pruners to get that done. But Sal does all of it these days. Except the roses. I claim that for myself, and if I prune them wrong, it's my fault.

When it's my month (3 or 4 times per year) to do flowers for our church services, I try to pick them all from my front and back yard. Makes me feel good, and saves the church some $$.

Recently he was asking me if I planted any veggies. Yep. I did. A couple of pots of lettuces and only three tomato plants, also in pots. Normally I have him over to help me with that planting. I decided to go it alone, and cut back quite a bit this year. Only five pots this year. And any extras I give to Sal's family, who live a couple of blocks away.

I started my garden late this year. And the lettuces are growing fine. And you can see the photo is of my first cherry tomato, about three weeks ago. And last week I picked all of five cherry tomatoes.

Sal told me that his tomatoes were full of curly leaf and he had to rip them out. Well, golly, now I think my 6 cherry tomatoes were pretty good, mostly because I ate them right after picking them off the bush.

Tomorrow, I'll get my apple picker, and start pickin', Last year was an unfruitful year for apples, with the drought. This year they are big, and have red hues (normally they are mostly green).

I may put my bike helmet on to protect myself from any apples falling on my head.

Happy autumn. It sure feels that way now.

Live richly, marilyn



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