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The Wild Beanstalks

The arbor which Son built for our grape vines

There are at present four grape vines growing, one in each corner. The front two ones which we bought on the internet, were costly. They were lush, and vibrant, in the initial stage of planting. One of them had immediately sprouted minuscule bunches of grapes. Then the rain happened. Suddenly they looked like withered twigs, and the leaves turned brown. We feared the worst, believing that they were dead.

Now Masha’Allah tiny leaves have reappeared again. I’m still holding my breath at whether they will survive.

The two other grape vines were inexpensive ones, which we bought from our nearest Walmart. They were doing well, but one of them is barely surviving. Something is fond of it’s leaves. Last evening when I went to water my plants, I noticed all the leaves have been eaten. Poor thing! I did spray a repellent on it’s leaves, but it didn’t help at all. And today when I looked at it, it has practically disappeared all together.

Masha’Allah all the pineapple tops I had planted (four in the ground, and two in pots) have grown new leaves inside the cluster of old ones. Once they grow lush I may post a photo of them.

I have to wait a week to gather enough okra to cook from the few plants I planted. Insha’Allah I will be planting more of them next summer. The egg plants have sprouted flowers. The Bell Peppers are having a slow growth. Son has given me Magical Growth to fertilize the plants, but the big trouble is the way grasses, weeds, and other such growth profit more than the plants.

My neighbor Lily gave me a few bean seeds, and two bitter gourd plants. The bean seeds grew into gigantic bean stalks to rival the beanstalk Jack had, we all read in our childhood stories. It’s spreading like wild fire, but alas I haven’t seen a single bean yet. Same is the case with the bitter gourd plants. There are flowers, but no bitter gourd in sight.

The wild Beanstalks