If you are like me, the garden can never progress fast enough. Plants take forever to grow and fill in, vegetables don't ripen as quickly as I want them too, and seeds -- well, they just take forever to emerge and start growing.

Except, they don't really. It's just that -- again, if you're like me -- you'll check those seeds a couple of times a day at least, so any progress they're making seems small indeed.


Well, here's a tip for you that will make your garden really jump into action, with everything -- including those seeds -- growing much faster than you've ever seen before: leave.

That's right, leave your garden for 4 days or a week or 10 days or more. It doesn't matter if it's a trip for pleasure or business, but you must get away, letting your plants fend for themselves.

I just did this myself, and these mouse melon seedlings (also known as "Mexican sour gherkins") which were just a tiny set of leaves barely breaking through the soil surface when I last saw them, are 8" (20cm) vines upon my return!

Plant seeds, water, catch a plane: Instant plants!

I got similar results from things in my yard: the bamboo shoots are feet taller since I last saw them, there are new blooms around the yard, and everything just looks so lush.

Unfortunately the lawn -- which was extremely long and needed to be mowed even before I left -- has also exhibited this absence-influenced growth spurt.

I wonder if I can find a scythe at Home Depot?


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Cat  – (April 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM)  

Ha! I'm finding just the opposite here in my garden. I'm already in cutting back stage on some fall bloomers that have grown considerably during the mild winter. Don't want them getting leggy.

Anonymous –   – (April 21, 2012 at 7:20 AM)  

With the warm weather we've been having here, I've noticed a trillium 4 inches high with unfurled leaves in one day when it wasn't there the day before. Plants are growing and blooming amazingly quickly overnight - no need to go anywhere!

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