Several weeks ago I purchased ten strawberry plants from my local home improvement store. I diligently worked a bunch of compost into the dirt and lovingly planted each plant. Then gently watered them. To be honest they didn't look great when they came out of the package but I had hope and visions of huge, red, juice dripping strawberries nestled in rich, billowing whipped cream.
But reality hit when I came out to see how they were doing two days later, for it had rained during that time, and found that the local feral cats liked the nice soft soil to do their business in, unearthing my plants in the process. So I cleaned out the mounds as best I could and replanted them. Everything seemed fine for a couple of days, then it happened again. Needless to say my strawberry plants never took. They were still dried up, pathetic looking, blackened roots. Oh well.
I continued to have faith and checked on them a few days later to find something else had sprouted. Pumpkins! Yes, you read right, pumpkins. The seeds must have come from the pumpkin innards I threw in the compost pile back in October. They were just waiting for the right combination to break free.
So I'll have to go to the farm stand or a U-pick for my luscious strawberries but now I can dream of carving home grown pumpkins for Halloween.
How's your green thumb? Have you ever had something go wrong but something good came out of it?