It's a VERY blustery day today. On my lunch break I had to go and prop some cardboard boxes up in the garden to act as wind breaks for my transplanted seedlings, which were being battered to heck and back by the weather. There are three romaine lettuce seedlings in particular that don't look like they're doing too well. They are limp and peakish-looking. I doubt they will survive. But as long as they are not rotting in the ground, I won't pull them up. It's only fair to give them a decent shot to recover. I put down some plant food this morning and we've gotten a steady sprinkle of rain today, so hopefully it will get my plot nice and moist to help out.
On the other hand, I found two kale plants and one white cabbage plant in the compost bin that looked remarkably healthy for having been thrown in the rubbish heap, so I pulled them out, dusted them off, and popped them in the ground at the end of the rows. No use in wasting good vegetable plants, especially if they look as good (if not better) than the ones you've already planted. It does screw up my neat little rows though, which bothers my OCD. But I'll live.
I did learn a valuable lesson to avoid transplant shock though - don't break up the root ball on any new young plants that you might have when you're planting. It hurts them. Especially, apparently, delicate seedlings like romaine.
To me, putting up the wind breaks seems like a pretty apt metaphor for what a lot of Americans are having to do right now. If they have wind breaks, they are putting them up in preparation for the storm. Things are hard all over, and I'll admit, it's made me a bit depressed at times. But I have faith that with dogged perseverance, charity, and a certain amount of practical preparation, most Americans will be able to weather the storm all right.
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