I have dedicated the past ten years minutes of my life to undertake a far reaching anthropological and psychosocial study.  This has involved heated debate, probing interrogation, international espionage and a barely sharp pencil.  It is a two-fold study.  The aims were:

1.  To examine the emotional and physical affects on a nominated person (me) of working outside on a warm but bracing spring day.
2.  To examine the same affects on said person (still me) who has throughout that day been planting potatoes, potting on tomatoes and building badger defences (with a little help from my friend and Strauss).

After careful interpretation using revolutionary analytical procedures, many new to academia, I have come to the following conclusions:

1. Brilliant
2. Better.

A full report will follow.  Thanks must go to my mentors at University of the Bloomin’ Obvious.

These are radish seedlings.  To germinate these peppery balls takes all the skill of a brick.  Still, the sight of their leaves popping out of the ground is an unfailing joy to me.

20 thoughts on “Study

  1. What a difference a shape makes! Those heart-ish shaped cotelydons are radishes. Now if they were more circular, I’d call them Himalayan Balsam, swear and yank them out. Round here, if it looks like it, we take no prisoners! IF HB ever reaches you, you will understand!

    And who worries about “warm but bracing”? Ear muffs, hat (cap in my case; DON’T call me Nigel!), thermos flask of coffee (tea if you prefer) or a 4-pack of lager if no-one’s looking, birdsong and a rather friendly squirrel, Heaven.

    Love that squirrel BTW!

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    1. There is HB around this area and JK but luckily (fingers crossed) in none of the gardens that I work in. I haven’t got ear muffs but a fleece snood and a hat with ear flaps! By the way, I would prefer Guinness 🙂


    2. (Himalayan Balsam… I came across it for the first time last year, in a wildlife reserve along the edges of a river in Devon. Monstrous! Hidiously invasive!
      Trampling everything in its path. Unstoppable. Got me quite wound up!)

      Anyway, i was enjoying your post (until I read John’s comment!)
      I’m going to go and do my own experiment now, just to calm myself down 🙂


  2. oh, I’m worse than a brick, I just learnde, my radishes vanished this year. I should have done one of your studies of the bloomin’ obvious first, though, before putting them out, when it was still mid winter and freezing cold.
    Great post. laughed out loud 🙂


  3. Nothing like radishes to restore the joys of gardening – not even tomatoes, though they taste better… radishes are the nearest to instant gratification 😉


  4. You are right, any seedlings that poke their little heads above the compost fill me with a warm and fuzzy feeling that I have done something right.


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