I’ve always loved the idea of growing food in my backyard. Problem is – I have a “black-thumb” – in other words, I generally kill the plants that I try to nurture. My problem is typically that I over-water the poor things — and they drown. So, a friend suggested that I try my hand at jalapenos.
This generally fits hand-in-hand for my love of hot sauce – as well as my passion for making my own from mostly fresh items (jalapenos, onions and garlic – I still work off the Rotel cans for my tomato aspect). Last year, I attempted to grow my own jalapenos from seeds. I nurtured these through the early Spring — and when they got too large for indoors — moved them outside. And promptly killed them by over-watering again. So I spent the Winter researching a bit about the plant — developed a less liberal watering scheme, and tried again this year.
This time, I bought plants that had already sprouted a ways out of the ground from the local Wal-Mart. I knew the harvest period was approximately 90 days — and was looking forward to a handful of my little green goodies to place in my food processor. After 90 days, I was disappointed to have only ONE jalapeno. But…I was happy that I got the single little guy – so I gave my thanks to the G-ds, and added that one jalapeno to my hot sauce batch. I left the plant outside…hoping for a second harvest. And promptly received nothing. So I stopped watering the plant altogether.
Until this morning. I happened to glance over at the plant while loading up the birds’ water bath. What? ANOTHER jalapeno!!! Its still small…so it has some time to mature into a larger jalapeno…but its there. A small, little green, shiny casing. So I have big hopes for next year’s attempt at becoming Farmer Tommy….plus I’ll be adding a new crop: scallions. 🙂
One of the nice things about this entire process isn’t just about the food though. I get to put my hands in the dirt. And while I’ve actually had blood-relations make scathing comments about my “sanity” – I spend a little time talking to the plants as well. I do the same for the enormous tree in the backyard that puts my stone circle in shade each morning. Much like I enjoy talking to animals – I also enjoy talking to the plants. I love the feeling of energy that I get from them when I touch their leaves or stems…and I enjoy the symbiotic relationship we enjoy. I feed them, they feed me in return.
Perhaps some of my blood-relatives are correct — I may be a little crazy. But its a “crazy” that I am not only comfortable with — but lovingly embrace. I’m honestly not so worried over what people think — but rather, I worry about not being “me”. Talking to plants and animals and getting connected to my environment — that’s me. My daily Path is about being true to who I am – not trying to appease others.