The neighborhood garage sale is tomorrow and as one of my sisters pointed out in a comment on another post, that is why we are expecting scattered strong storms and thunderstorms tomorrow morning.
After so many dry hot days, now that there is something going on that we’d really like it to be nice and sunny for, it rains.
But you won’t hear me complaining. I’ll take the rain any time right now, no matter what it interrupts.
I am participating in the sale with my friend and neighbor from next door. Everything is nearly set up and ready for the bargain hunters.
But do you know what you won’t find at my sale? Gardening tools, pots, plants, stuff gardeners would want. I think I have some kind of addiction to gardening as I just can’t part with any gardening related items, even if I don’t think I will ever use them. Yes, I even keep broken clay pots, because the pieces are useful to put in the bottom of other pots. Does any gardener part with garden-related items at their garage sale?
Consider those three trowels in the picture above. They are from the early days, before I allowed myself to buy hand-forged stainless steel trowels from the Netherlands. I’ll never use them. For one thing, they bend easily when you try to dig with them when the ground is hard and rocky. And they aren’t all that comfortable to use, I think it is something about the handles and the weight of them.
My heavens, I sound like such a snob with my gardening tools! I’m not really, truly. Okay, maybe just a little bit, but you don’t have to have tools like mine to be a great gardener. I just believe that you get a lot more enjoyment out of something if you have good tools to use. There are enough things you can’t control in the garden, like weather, and rabbits, and plants, and insect infestations, so why not take control of what you can, with good tools?
You would think I’d sell these trowels in the garage sale for twenty-five cents or something like that. But I probably won’t. You know why?
What if someone comes to the garage sale, sees those trowels and thinks, “Hey, why don’t I buy those trowels and try gardening for a hobby?” Then they take them home and the first time they try to use them, they bend and it hurts their hands and they decide gardening isn’t worth it, and they give up.
I can’t have that weighing on my conscience!
So, anyway, no gardening items for sale tomorrow. In fact, after all this rain, I’d actually prefer to spend time in between whatever storms we are fortunate enough to get doing some weeding in the gardening. Because after the half inch or so of rain we got this morning, the weeds are suddenly rejuvenated and growing like, you know, weeds!
And I want to get my tomatoes tied up some more. I did nip off some of the suckers a bit ago and checked for tomatoes. I’ve got a few coming on, but I am a long way from having a ripe tomato. I think this year, I might have the latest ripe tomato of my record-keeping years of gardening.
I think it’s the weather that is slowing down the tomatoes. It couldn’t be anything I did or didn’t do, right? But rest assured, when I do get my first ripe tomato, you all will hear about it! Because the first tomato is very special, isn’t it?