Wednesday, May 21, 2008

picture this...
















We have a large planters picture box outside of our dinette kitchen area, which currently has marigolds in it...and a bit of something else? This is my husbands project, so I, cool and dry from inside the air conditioned window and he, hot and sweaty outside in his farmers hat, have this conversation...

tap tap tap on the window...
"Honey, we have weeds growing with the marigolds?"
"They're not weeds...it's lettuce."
"Why did you plant lettuce with the flowers, when we have a perfectly large garden?"
"I'm using it for starters."
"Why there?"
"Because the marigolds will keep the lettuce safe."
"Safe from who?"
"Them!" as he points to the garden.
"???"

Evidently, we have starter stealer's(lettuce eating bugs)in our garden that are intimidated by adult sized lettuce, but have no problem consuming it in infant form. Marigolds have a potent smell that most bugs don't enjoy, so they stay clear of them. Therefore, creating a safe and pesticide free zone for starters. Ingenious...

...and I thought he was suffering from sun stroke.

11 Comments:

Blogger dreamergirl said...

this post made me laugh out loud!!!

xox

1:01 PM  
Blogger Mary Timme said...

And I was giggling. I figured when I saw it was Marigolds that you were keeping something away but had not heard of bugs! I learned something new from you! Thank you!

1:34 PM  
Blogger LEstes65 said...

I love a guy with a green thumb.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Dana Jones said...

you have smart husband/farmer there. BTW, I have seen gorgeous pots with vegetables and flowers growing together. He might consider leaving some in the box if you decide you like the look!

5:31 AM  
Blogger pink sky said...

this is so funny...sound like a conversation i'd have with my own husband...a bit of a disconnect but then perfect clarity per his thought process which i don't always get :)

5:39 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Beautiful flowers.

I can hardly wait to see the lettuce.

What another good way to go green.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

That is so funny. Very clever.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Oh Darlene, I still laughing :)

I can so picture that scene!!


HaHaHa

Great fun post!!
Love and Hugs
Wanda Mom

10:50 PM  
Blogger Eileen W. said...

This had me laughing my butt off!! I could see this conversation occurring- so funny! I'm using marigolds in my garden and geraniums as bug and bunny protection too. It seems to work well so far!

6:21 AM  
Blogger sweet expressions said...

This post was funny!





thanks for the laughter


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