Another session with Dr. Hortfreud...
Carol, welcome back. I’m pleased you decided to continue your hort therapy sessions. What’s on your mind this week?
Well, Dr. Hortfreud, I’m worried about my tomato plants.
So I heard. What are you worried about?
Well, they are kind of small, but I planted them anyway and then a few mornings ago we had a light frost.
I see. If you think the seedlings are too small, why don’t you just buy new ones?
I thought about that, but I picked these varieties out special and started them all from seed and now I’ve bonded with them.
Hmmmm… but what’s that one really tall tomato plant that I saw in your garden all about?
Well, I did buy one tomato plant because it had a few blooms on it, and I wanted to get a tomato earlier than August this year. But I don’t think it will form a tomato from those particular buds because of the frost.
Isn’t that cheating if you are going to compete with your tomatoes?
Cheating? I don’t think so, Dr. Hortfreud, not according to the International Rules Committee for Tomato Growing Contests and Rituals (IRCTGCR).
I’ve never heard of this committee. Who’s on it?
Well, I am, so far.
I should have known. Anyway, this seedling problem is a challenging problem you have. I recommend a few more days of “wait and see” and if doesn’t appear like the seedlings are going to do much, we’ll have to go through some intense therapy to break your bond with the seedlings so you can buy some more tomato plants.
But, Dr. Hortfreud, won’t that be expensive to buy seedlings?
Carol, suddenly you're worried about spending money on plants? After all that money you spent last week buying plants? I’ve never known you to have a dollar that you weren’t willing to spend on a plant!
Can we switch subjects?
Certainly, Carol, this is your hort therapy session, but eventually you’ll have to deal with your tomato issues. What else is bothering you?
Rabbits? But you haven’t seen any rabbits this spring.
I know, that’s what’s bothering me. I don’t know where they are, if they are here and just not eating in the garden, or if they’ve actually left.
That actually sounds like good news. I don't understand what the issue is?
Well, after my success last year with building mini plastic spoon fortresses around the bean plants to keep the rabbits away, I bought a box of 600 plastic forks, thinking they would work even better. And now I don’t know if I should set them up or not.
I see. Well, your time is up for today. We need to schedule another long session to go in-depth on this rabbit issue.
Thank you, Dr. Hortfreud, I’ll do that. And may I ask how it is going for you?
Well, business is kind of slow. I’d appreciate some referrals.
Okay, if someone wants a hort therapy consult with you, they can just send me an email and I’ll send it along to you.
Thanks, Carol, I appreciate it. Now before our next session, please re-read the tomato lessons from your Dad and then go check those tomato seedlings for the 100th time to see if they are growing!