I’m starting to think gardening isn’t nearly as difficult as gardeners want me to believe. When we were driving home from Spokane last week, we assumed The Feeshko’s garden would be in pretty rough shape after a month of neglect. Far from it! The garden was not only still alive, but it was THRIVING — especially the potted plants.

The Feeshko was pleased with the blooming flowers (I can’t remember what she called them,) but she had never seen such thick stems on this species before.
I thought these were pretty nice too — whatever they are.

Moving on to the backyard, this rose bush had popped up where no rose bush existed before. In one month, it sprouted, grew, and bloomed with no expert gardening whatsoever. And it’s pretty.

To anybody who claims there is no such thing as global climate change, I will point to this picture of white lilacs blooming in OCTOBER. From what The Feeshko tells me, they normally only bloom in the springtime. With 70-degree temperatures, this lilac tree seems to think it’s already May of 2022.

It probably helped that there was quite a bit of rain while we were gone. Prior to leaving for Spokane, it had been so dry that MY Town issued a ban on lawn watering. And car washing. And any other outdoor water use. They even encouraged shorter showers and other water conservation measures. No problem for me, as my normal shower lasts about three minutes. Still, I did my part by reducing it to just enough time to squirt some shampoo on my head, scrub it around, lather some of it on the rest of my body, and rinse myself off. It can be done in not much more than a minute.

Getting back to gardening:

The thing that really convinced me gardening is pretty easy was when I checked out the Raspberry bushes next to our compost pile. The raspberry bushes were barren, but some incredible vines were growing out of the compost pile. That was the result of MY gardening skills. After last year’s Halloween, I threw all of our rotting pumpkins and gourds into the compost. I never thought about it again for almost a year . . . until I noticed the vines.

My beautiful garden of gourds
Here’s one of the nicest examples of my gourd growing expertise.
When I saw that this vine had somehow climbed the chain link fence, attached itself to the backyard neighbor’s cedar trees, and grew a gourd above the compost pile, I congratulated myself for being a Master Gourd Gardener.

I could think of no better use for my gourds than to cut off a few feet of vine to decorate my bike with. I’ll let the rest of the gourds grow to maturity. They might come in handy later in the month. You know? Halloween time?

As a professional biker and gourder, I am compelled to display my gourds and vines from several angles on my bike.

I even decorated myself with gourds on this rainy, blustery day.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

3 response to "OUT OF MY GOURD"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: October 13, 2021

    Wow, I love how your garden flourished in your absence! Fantastic bicycle decoration! Right on par with Rich’s kernels.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: October 13, 2021

    Brilliant! After learning about your fantastic “hands off” approach to gardening, I told my ace support crew that my new plan is to leave EVERYTHING alone, and allow EVERYTHING to take care of itself. She did not approve.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 13, 2021

    Oh my Gourd! That IS brilliant!!
    >Strongly suggests NOT even thinking about applying any Miracle Gro.

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