In January, the first seed catalogs arrived. And I said, quite emphatically, that I wasn't going to do a complete garden this year. Maybe just a tomato plant. And some lettuce. There has to be lettuce. It came time to start the lettuce, and I did.
And then the snow melted, and I saw our sad raised beds, and I said, again with conviction, maybe we can plant a garden but just use nursery seedlings rather than start seeds. Rykert filed his reservations worrying that we may not be able to find seedlings. I filed my reservation that has to do with a certain infant who will be arriving during peak planting time. But then I thought some more, and decided that I would start tomatoes and peppers, but I just wouldn't go overboard and plant more than we needed. And then I did.
Understandably, I knew there would be some attrition when we transplant, but still, I lost my mind. That's still a lot of seedlings.
The caveat was that Rykert had to agree to take on more responsibility than previous years. When it comes time to "harden off" the plants, you have to take them in and out every day to get them used to the bright sun and changing temperatures. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but it truly is a lot of work. And well, so far he's taken on the lion's share of the work so far as far as the watering goes, because of the stairs and bending involved. We have a plan, and that's that. Having access to some fresh vegetables is important to us, so even though it will likely be more over-run with weeds than previous years, it will be planted. Eventually. I have zero expectations for the yield. And well, if it gets neglected so be it. Like I said, it's important to us, and so we'll find the time. And to be honest, I'm sort of annoyed at people who say (or imply) that we'll no longer have time for anything unrelated to basic baby care. (These are the same people that say, "Your life will never be the same," with this ominous tone like it's a really, really bad thing. But really, isn't that the whole point?) Perhaps these will be famous last words.