Lest you think that all this mushroom-growing and involvement in the school garden has miraculously turned my black thumbs green, I’m here to tell you that it’s business as usual on the plant-killing front. My sage plant died almost instantly upon transfer of ownership. My two heirloom tomato plants were dead by August. The oregano isn’t far behind. And while the rest of the herbs are hanging on, they’re clearly not thriving. Even the mint has no intention of trying to outgrow its tiny pot.
I know you’re going to ask me if I’ve been watering my plants and the answer is no. Of course I haven’t. I can barely keep my own self hydrated on a daily basis. I count on a little rain falling once in a while, but so far this summer I think it’s only rained twice in two months. Not a good situation when your so-called caretaker will only drag the hose out once a week to soak her mushroom logs.
Luckily, there are eight other families involved in the school garden, so the plants over there have been getting plenty of water and good care. The proof is in the sungold tomatoes, which did not disappoint again this year. So sweet and so many! Everyone was buzzing about the bright orange sun-candy. I have a feeling there won’t be any trouble getting garden volunteers next year. I just hope none of them ever bear witness to the secret shame that is my own garden!