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Plant-sitting duty

I have a theory about what caused me to talk about gardening in my sleep on Thursday night. Just before bed, I was corresponding with The Mint Killer about a favor her four-year-old daughter wanted to ask me.

Wait. Make that four-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The critical half-birthday mark was, apparently, hit this past weekend.

Regardless, said daughter was in search of a plant-sitter for a pot full of sunflower seedlings while the two of them hied off to the Washington D.C. area to visit friends.

During the discussion about what the plants needed (daily watering), the topic of repotting came up. Apparently, these were seedlings desperately in need of a new home, their current pot being much too small.

I suspect right about now, it’s possible to see wherein there could be disaster. Inexperienced gardener takes on the nurtured and loved seedlings of a four-and-a-half-year-old. Inexperienced gardener then volunteers to transplant said seedlings.

Not only were these nurtured and loved seedlings, but they were in honor of a Jewish holiday. The Mint Killer reported to me that these were grown from seeds the daughter got at her first day of Hebrew school.

“The lesson plan was all about Tu B’Shevat, a holiday that has many spellings, but is basically Israel’s version of Arbor Day and a way to get everyone excited about planting trees in the middle of a desert,” The Mint Killer reported. “The seed packets were out of date, but clearly her Southern exposure window coaxed those suckers out of their misery….”

The entourage arrived at our house Friday while I was at work, and they dropped off the seedlings into Steve’s care. Over the course of the day, I’d considered bagging on my offer to repot them, since I was concerned about inadvertently killing them all.

But on the whiteboard in the kitchen was a one-word order, apparently delivered to Steve by said four-and-a-half-year-old as she turned over the seedlings. “REPOT.”

There was to be no weaseling out.

10 Comments on “Plant-sitting duty”

  1. #1 Carol
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    You’ll do fine with the seedlings. Sunflowers are very resilient.

  2. #2 inadvertentgardener
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Carol, that’s good to know! I’m hoping so…I’d hate to kill them before the four-and-a-half-year-old returns.

  3. #3 the mint killer
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Greetings from DC where said four and a half year old was eyeing the first crocuses of spring today.(they are popping up almost like Iowan corn stalks in season). Said four and a half year old plucked some out from our friend’s garden and wanted to bring them back to Iowa for you. “I am a good flower picker” she said, proudly coddling the young buds in a weed vase. “Let’s bring these back to Genie and Steve as a present!”. Needless to say, crocuses do not do well once yanked from the ground, nor do i think they will survive the two planes it takes to get from DC to Iowa City. So your reward for keeping her plant alive will be a pile of shriveled crocus leaves. Think of it as an offering of good will……

  4. #4 Genie
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Yo, Mint Killer, that’s awesome. We will happily take shriveled crocus leaves — after all, it’s the thought while picking that counts. Plus, since we have no crocuses to speak of in our yard, it’s all good. Decoration is decoration, after all, even if it’s a little worse for wear. :-)

    I hope the half-birthday party went well!

  5. #5 kate
    on Mar 13th, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    I’m curious to find out how the re-potting went! You have a heavy responsibility!!!

    Best of luck,

  6. #6 inadvertentgardener
    on Mar 14th, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Kate, the next installment is up — feel free to check it out! So far, so good…

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