My mother was as mad as a hornet. This is not unusual. However, she does not suffer in silence, so immediate action was called for.
Let’s see…the last time we checked in on the Sugar Snap Pea situation was March 7. According to package directions, the seeds should have sprouted within 10 days, or by March 17. That is approximately when all the trouble started. There I was, minding my own business at home. The phone rings….
Neeners: “This is your mother speaking. Something terrible has happened”.
Me: (Thinking some tragedy had befallen a loved one) “WHAT’S WRONG??!!!”
Neeners: “Something has gotten into the peas. We need to replant. We have a vole or squirrel infestation”.
Me: “How do you know we have a vole or squirrel infestation?”
Neeners: (Sounding peevish) “Nothing has come up yet.”
So I decided to go see for myself just in case there was some type of exaggeration going on. It appeared that we did have a small problem as some of the seeds had been uprooted. However, it also looked like several little starts had survived. Here is my proof, as pathetic as it is:
Because some progress had been made, I asked Neeners to wait a few days before we did anything drastic and see if the upcoming rains would help. A week later, I visited her again, arriving at her house right around 1:00. This happens to be her naptime. When I asked her if she had been sleeping, she denied it. However, her hair was standing straight up in bed-head mode.
When I inquired if there was any garden progress to report, she set her jaw, stomped though the house and out the back door. “No!! We need to replant, and NOW. No if’s and’s or but’s about it!” Sure enough, when we went out and looked at the garden, it was pretty dismal.
Two days later, armed with a fresh supply of seed and an industrial sized shaker of Slug Bait, she replanted and has taken on whatever critters have been threatening her crop. She is really getting into it and peas are sprouting!
When I watched her slug baiting the garden, she kept chanting, “Die, Die, Die…” She scares me sometimes.
We then moved on to her strawberry patch, of which she is quite proud. And now that we are making progress and order has been restored to her universe, just look at that big smile on her face.
Before I took my leave, we had a nice tour of the yard. Here are some treasures: