It is important to prepare yourself for pests that will try to eat away at your plants. These are really just a normal part of gardening, but they can damage or ruin your plants altogether. Some gardeners use chemical sprays to deter or kill the pests, while others prefer chemical free natural methods to deter pests. Different types of plants can attract different types of pests. From aphids to beetles, caterpillars and worms – these can all prevent your plants from flowering and ultimately keep them from being fruitful.
In life there are pests to be on the lookout for as well. Some of these pests are naysayers and Less than Positive people.
I spent some time in my parents’ yard and garden recently. My mother was weeding her garden and Daughter Number Four and I were not so much helping as wandering around the yard looking at the plants and trees, and watching her work. The cherry tree was full of ripe cherries and Mother mentioned that the birds were going to eat them all if someone didn’t do something with the cherries. Those pests! How dare they eat the cherries!
So, we took the challenge and started picking the cherries. I had never picked cherries before, and I had certainly never ‘done’ anything with fresh cherries. The times I have made desserts using cherries the cherries had come from a can.
After we had filled a pitcher full of the ripe cherries that we could reach with our feet planted firmly on the ground we talked about what we would do with the cherries. We could make a pie or a cobbler. The cobbler sounded like a good idea to both of us. When we got home and surveyed the bounty we had saved from the bird pests I found some new pests that I had to face down. This new breed of pests was in my head…years of hearing people saying how hard it is to pit cherries, and how sometimes it isn’t worth the time to pick the cherries and pit the cherries and clean the cherries and making something with the cherries. Boy were those voices I had heard in the past loud! Dangit. I just kept looking at the cherries. I asked Daughter Number Two to look up a cobbler recipe that sounded easy, but good. She found one within short order. I knew what I had to do next. I had to clean and pit those darn cherries. I don’t own a cherry pitter. Does anyone? I read a couple of posts online quickly about how to pit cherries. I saw some really interesting ideas and decided to try one. D4 was all about it! We each armed ourselves with a drinking straw, put one end of the straw on the stem area of the cherry and pushed gently. Woo Hoo! I’m pretty sure we both made audible excited noises. In fact, we were so excited that we woo-hoo’d several times. Together we managed to make quick work of pitting the cherries! Those old women who had bemoaned the wretchedness of cherry pitting were nothing more than wretched bemoaners! Pests.
I got the pleasure of waiting for my sweet smelling cobbler to come out of the oven~ The pitting was not the pits. I am so glad I got rid of those pests!
Surround yourself with “yay-sayers” not naysayers. ~ Lynn A. Robinson