Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Garden files #005: thinning

Yellow squash before.

Yellow squash after.

The part I hate about gardening is thinning. Thinning is necessary so that your plants will have plenty of space to grow and roots won't be fighting for nutrients.

But there will be this row of completely healthy plants. And some will have to go. I hate that.

My natural desire is "the more, the better". But here, like in many areas of life, the fewer the better, which will produce quality, and possibly quantity later down the line. This is similar to pruning.

In recent comments on a previous post many mentioned how lousy things happen in life and nobody knows why it might happen to one person and not another.

I have no idea why the CEO made plants grow better after they are cut back. But they just do.

Pruning and thinning is not a heartless comparison to mass tragedy of North Korean gulag victims. But maybe it's a comparison to individual transformation. Sometimes we're forced to pull back or let go of things, even when it hurts.

But somehow in the end, those events might have created life down the road.

One can only hope.

Butternut squash before.

Butternut squash after.

1 comment:

miller said...

i used to help a friend out in his greenhouse every now and then. he was a hobbyist who loved ficus. he had fifty or sixty species of ficus...

i loved to help him repot...

when you get the ficus out of the pot you beat the loose soil off the root ball and hack about 70% of the root mass off with a knife!

they love it!

but it was quite shocking the first time i ever saw it... i was thinking "well theres another dead tree if i ever saw one..." but they do way better if you prune the roots.