Contemplating Sunflowers

I told y’all that we had decided not to do a big garden this year, but instead fill those back beds into sunflowers. I also am not renting a tiller this year, as our financial situation is a bit more modest, since the Butcher doesn’t have a job. Though, thinking back, maybe the Butcher didn’t have a job last year at this time, either. I forget. The economy’s been shitty, but we’re all supposed to suffer silently and accept that this is our faults.

At least, that’s what Glen Casada says–go get a job.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I say it to the Butcher, too, but we’ve been through this a couple of times now, so I know how it goes. It’s funny in that peculiar way whenever I hear Tennesseans, especially Tennessee politicians talking about how not everyone needs to go to college. And, you know, on the surface, I agree with that. But beneath the surface? When I see the Butcher up for jobs against folks who’ve been to college?

I sometimes wonder if this “not everyone needs to go to college” meme isn’t perpetrated by people who have every intention of sending their kids to college in order to insure their kids will have a little advantage in the job market.

I also still thing that discouraging kids from going to college is a way for Tennessee to continue to ensure employers that they will be able to get smart people to work for them under exploitation conditions.  You can get a man with the smarts of an engineer who will never have to be paid what an engineer is paid and who’s never going to be hired away by another company.

Anyway, that was a long digression just to say that I broke the two beds up by hand, while the Professor came behind me and dropped seeds. She’s of the opinion, and she’s probably right, that we’re going to have too many sunflower seeds for the beds we have. Even with as large as they are. So, now I’m trying to decide where else to plant sunflowers.

Of course, I need to get the other two beds planted first. And it’s supposed to rain all weekend, I just saw now. So I guess I need to get home tonight and get busy on them. I wish it would rain during the week and leave my weekends sunny.

But at least it’s raining. I was getting a little tired of lugging my watering can around the yard, trying to keep everything from wilting this early in the season.

I’m really looking forward to a huge bunch of sunflowers. It’ll be worth the effort, I know. But I have to tell you, second only to weeding, I find breaking up soil without aid of a tiller to be one of the most unfun tasks of gardening.

5 thoughts on “Contemplating Sunflowers

  1. I have 2 schools of thought on whether you’ll have too little or too many sunflowers. I grew about 25 moulin rouge sunflowers from seed last year. And I put those in the ground. Of 25, 11 actually grew to their full potential. Whether a dog or squirrel got them, or they just gave up, I don’t really remember.

    So, my best advice is go for more than you think you’ll need – at least from my experience.

  2. actually that was 1 school of thought. It’s early and I have a drum camp one block away making me insane – which makes me not think clearly.

  3. um well dare I say this could be where the no till eco-fem school of thought could work? okay, I don’t really know what that means. And I don’t know shit about gardening. But could you just dig little holes all over back there and just drop in the seeds and let them poke through the ground themselves? Do they really need all the other stuff cleared away in order to grow?

  4. Beth, I hear you and I am thinking that, once I get all the beds planted, it wouldn’t hurt to go in and add more seeds. They won’t all come up, for sure.

    Professor, I’m not really sure. Believe me. It’s tempting. But I’m already committed to not bothering to weed back there, so I feel like I owe it to the sunflowers to give them a sporting chance against the weeds, which I think means clearing the weeds out, at least somewhat, so that the sunflowers can get above ground.

  5. Okay, so it turned out that I’m just hoeing rows in the bed as I need them, because the marigolds are already up and I don’t want to fuck them up.

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