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Yesterday I was out in the garden hacking things into shape while the raspberries sprounted a previously unknown pest (some sort of tiny beetle, which combines with rainwater to create mush and mould) and the slugs savaged the blueberries (still got a little bowl of blueberry goodness!) and the Passion Vine (doing very well in this tropical weather) attempted to engulf me whenever I brushed against it.

The vegetable kingdom is a savage place, sometimes. Friday's question is about that, and is a for-fun question - how do you relate to vegetables? As ever, go to comments with philosophical arguments with the poll, discussions of gardens of your past and future, amusing stories about vegetables, amusing pictures of vegetables and anything else that sparks your fancy.

Poll #1978784 The vegetable kingdom

Me and the veg when I was a kid (tick as many as you want)

Hated, feared, loathed and despised all vegetables because that is nature's way
1(3.1%)
Hated veg probably becaus of how they were cooked TBH
3(9.4%)
Hated veg because I am so old that none of the good vegetables were available when I was a kid
4(12.5%)
Was indifferent to vegetablekind/found them tolerable
6(18.8%)
Was indifferent to vegetablekind/found them tasty
7(21.9%)
Liked my vegetables for they were pretty colours
2(6.2%)
Liked my vegetables for the tasty taste
4(12.5%)
Thought vegetables were the best thing ever
2(6.2%)
Refused to eat anything but vegetables
2(6.2%)
Worshipped vegetables (or a particular vegetable)
1(3.1%)

My view of the vegetable kingdom now is:

A cornucopia of deliciousness waiting to be discovered
11(28.9%)
A minefield of the tasty and the terrible, waiting to be picked through
7(18.4%)
Out-of-control self-replicating nanotechnology that must be made safe by cooking
3(7.9%)
A useful way to control the water flow around my house
1(2.6%)
Like a stupid Facebook game, but you get tasty treats a the end!
1(2.6%)
A perpetual fight against mould, wilt, rust, black spot, slugs and other pests and diseases
5(13.2%)
Aaaaaaaaaa-tchoooo! (hayfever)
4(10.5%)
That green stuff that gets everywhere
3(7.9%)
That green stuff at the bottom of the fridge
1(2.6%)
Approach with caution; that stuff can kill you (or at least cause a nasty stomach ache)
2(5.3%)

If the opportunity were available, I would definitely

Grow/support the growth of genetically modified foods (subject to safety checks)
7(15.9%)
Live in a treehouse (if sufficiently awesome)
13(29.5%)
Have plants in my living space that performed active jobs like pest and dirt control
14(31.8%)
Wear growing plants on a semi-permenant basis
3(6.8%)
Get some chloropyll in me to reduce my food and fuel needs
7(15.9%)

Things I grow at the moment

Grass
9(9.7%)
Moss
9(9.7%)
Mould
9(9.7%)
Buddleia
6(6.5%)
Daffodills
6(6.5%)
Tomatoes
3(3.2%)
Roses
9(9.7%)
Potatoes
3(3.2%)
Snowdrops
6(6.5%)
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
2(2.2%)
There's some green stuff outside
12(12.9%)
There's some green stuff inside
10(10.8%)
There's some green stuff on my car
2(2.2%)
All the flowers in the world
3(3.2%)
Another thing which I will tell you about below
4(4.3%)

The most amazing/striking/confusing thing I have ever grown is:

I already have/would like to have in my garden/yard

A lawn
10(11.6%)
A pond
10(11.6%)
A hedge
7(8.1%)
A tree
15(17.4%)
A greenhouse
5(5.8%)
A summerhouse
9(10.5%)
More sun
9(10.5%)
A firepit
6(7.0%)
Exotic wildlife (please say what in comments)
7(8.1%)
Unexotic wildlife (say what if you want to)
8(9.3%)

On the whole, the green stuff:

Loves me and wants to be my friend
3(11.1%)
Sees me as potential useful organic fertiliser
5(18.5%)
Is all around my and within me, man
4(14.8%)
Is banished beyond the tidy wall of civolization
1(3.7%)
Will conquer our ruins
14(51.9%)

Pick one thing you will grow in your garden next year:

Comments

motodraconis
17th Aug, 2014 02:36 (UTC)
Re: mmmmmm artichokes
Wow! They look pretty specialist, I've no idea where one could source such a thing. Did you ever find any in the end? As a last resort maybe see if Kew has a tree and go and steal some!
cleanskies
17th Aug, 2014 21:42 (UTC)
Haha ha
That hadn't occurred to me! No, I never did track them down. There are some new Portuguese delis in town since then so I may make my Ponche yet.