Friday, July 2, 2010

A Morning with Earthworms

Sweetie had to wake me up at five this morning since my rooster failed to do so. Miguel's schoolbus was already outside and pulled out before I could tell the driver to wait a bit for Miguel. Sweetie was surprised that I amped from 0 kph to 100 kph a few seconds from waking up. In no time I was on the phone talking with the schoolbus owner to tell him that the bus left without Miguel. I also complained that the bus always arrived before 5 in the morning! Sheer atrociousness I tell you.

After Miguel left I couldn't go back to sleep anymore. The sun was already peeking from it's hiding place at around 5:15 so I told Sweetie that I was going to do some gardening. Now gardening isn't something I've really done in the past. The most I'd do is water the plants. My Mom though has a green thumb. Any plant she touches thrives and flowers. A lot of our neighbors actually come to the house and have their dying plants rescued by my Mom. One of my Titas brought her newly purchased wheat to my Mom because she didn't know what to do with it. A few weeks later my Tita came back and was surprised to see her plant happy and very much alive.

As for me... well... when I used to live with my parents my Mom would always rush back home whenever she  went on a trip. Why? Because she was scared that her plants would die because of me. So far I've only sent one plant to plant heaven (or herb heaven since my basil died at the start of summer) and I'd like to believe that the brown bush outside was already dead before we moved in.

And so early this morning, before the sun was fully up, I took it upon myself to re-pot one of my plants (I don't know what it is) and plant some oregano. It took me awhile to finish re-pot the plant because a number of creepy crawlies started to show up when I was trying to ease out the plant. And then a big fat earthworm wriggled out and I froze for awhile.

I can just imagine my Mom laughing at me and heard her tell me in my mind, "Ano ka ba earthworm lang yan." So I took a deep breath and scooped out the earthworm from the pot (using the shovel of course) and set it free on the bushes. I breathed a sigh of relief when I managed to take it out. I was surprised though to find 2 more fat earthworms in the pot. Euw euw euw. I told myself though that I had to accept the fact that earthworms are good for one's garden and that if I really want to learn how to garden properly I should get over how I feel for creepy crawlies.


  1. gardening is actually a stress buster. so you shouldn't stress over the earthworms. if we had a bigger lawn, we couldve been more experimental, but due to our lawn constraints, almost everything is in a pot.

  2. Indeed! My dad makes it a point that when we move houses we always have a big enough front and backyard. We no longer buy some of our vegetables because of this. Which reminds me, I still have to plant the baby carrots. :D

    As for the basil, if you're ever in Marikina, let me know so you can drop by my place. I can show you how to grow basil through hydroponics so you don't have to worry about killing the plant. :D

  3. He he he, I remember when I was young, my cousins and I used to search for earthworms to go fishing!