Agriculture is Science, Right?

My friend Susan, you might know her as WhyMommy, is having surgery this morning. She is having six tumors removed from her body as part of her ongoing battle with cancer.

My other friend Jean, you might know her as Stimey, had a fabulous idea. We all want to support Susan, but we don’t want to dwell on her illness. Since Susan is a scientist, Jean thought that we should have a virtual science fair in her honor.

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I jumped at the chance to honor Susan, then in typical Sarah fashion I procrastinated all week, then panicked because science is not my strong suit.

I am a writer and a musician for a reason, people.

But! It turns out that we did science accidentally. It wasn’t so much a science project, as our hypothesis would have to be something like “Tomatoes and peppers may grow in our side yard if we plant them.” but it was an experiment as we’ve never tried to grow anything in this particular flower bed before.

Behold:

Planting

Planting

Dirty Hands

My kids told their grandparents that we are farmers.

And of course these three did most of the dirty work.

What? Somebody had to take pictures with their cell phone. (Did I tell you that Nikon finally made me return Precious?)

Science is all fun and games until somebody gets very tired and her Dad touches her with his dirty hand.

So Sad

My prediction is that we will grow tomatoes and they will taste better than the ones at the grocery store and I will save money on my salads and fajitas.

Ian’s prediction is that deer will come to our house and eat our vegetables.

Gabe’s prediction  is that Ian will sneak out in the middle of the night, eat all of the tomatoes and blame rogue deer.

Claudia was ignoring me when I asked for input.

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We love you, Susan. Thanks for the inspiration.  I’ll bring you some beautiful bell peppers by the end of the summer.

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  1. I hope you grow a boatload of peppers and tomatoes for Susan.

  2. Crazy weird, but Susan and I were just talking a couple weeks ago about how when we were kids the Weekly Reader sent some kids’ tomato seeds into space. Spacey!

    Sure Susan will love some fajitas this summer courtesy the Goon Squad.

  3. Michelle says:

    that sounds super sweet, I wish your friend the best of luck.

    that pic of Claudia is priceless! we are all into the home gardening here in the mountains, we became damn hippies. but at least if the apocalypse happens I will have some veggies right?

  4. Wow, Claudia is so much like you. Did she punch him? I’m having snake hand flashbacks.

  5. Great pics! We are planting our tomatoes and other herbs this weekend!
    Also, an FYI about deer….if you keep the hair clippings from the next time you cut your kids or your own or a pet’s hair and sprinkle it on the ground around the plants it deters the deer. They smell the hair and think predators are around.

  6. Agriculture is definitely science! Well done! Fresh tomatoes always taste better than store-bought – especially if you add a little fresh basil and balsamic vinegar!

  7. Nothing happier than dirty kids! Er .. some kids. Love that pic of your daughter!

  8. LOVE this! That photo of Claudia crying. Oh, my God, that could have happened at my house. (And likely has.)

    I think Ian might just be right.

    Thanks so much for taking part in the science fair!

  9. Well, you’re close: your tomatoes and peppers WILL be infinitely better than anything you can buy. But save money? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.(And if you’re new to gardening, you’ll soon find out why I’m laughing.)

    Gardening can be expensive, damn it…BUT you are creating your own food, food whose origins you know completely. You are learning a new skill, and sharing that with your children. And you will not believe how intense the “OMG I’m going to pee my pants” feeling gets when that first tomato starts to turn vaguely pink….and you will not believe how delicious it will be on the day when it is finally red and you pull it off the plant to eat it right there in the garden. Congratulations.

  10. we tried that once when I was a kid…
    Then mum went plantation crazy… it was awesome tho… :)
    too bad I don;t have a green finger… :)

  11. Wow you make everybody work hard out there in that yard until they cry.

    When will it end? Oh, right, never, because you have a garden now. 😉

  12. Best wishes to Susan…and to your garden.

  13. Fabulous experiment! And that last photo would be me.

  14. we tried that once when I was a kid…
    Then mum went plantation crazy… it was awesome tho… :)
    too bad I don;t have a green finger… :)

  15. Nothing happier than dirty kids! Er .. some kids. Love that pic of your daughter!

  16. Best wishes to Susan…and to your garden.

  17. Nothing happier than dirty kids! Er .. some kids. Love that pic of your daughter!

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