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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Two worms



My garden crew is doing a nice job of clearing the overgrown grass and getting down to bare earth so I can plant some things Nina gifted me from her garden.  I only know which ones are pinks.  Nina knows everything about plants, so I’ll be fine.

Our years of neglect has resulted in quite the tangled root mass below the surface.  Fibrous runners and tap roots.  This from the two oldest who amuse themselves with biology lessons on clover and dandelions while loosening their roots.

Laura’s job is to go along the edges and excavate the plants the excellent pronged twisty thing can’t dislodge.  Leading to this exchange:

Laura: Ooh, a worm.  I don’t want to hurt him.

Grandma:  He’ll be fine Laura.  If you cut one in half there simply will be two worms.

Hamilton:  It depends on where you cut it, Grandma.

Grandma:  There will be two worms, Hamilton.

Emily:  It depends on what kind of worm it is.

Grandma:  There will be two worms, Emily.

Laura:  So it won’t hurt if I accidently cut the worm?  There will just be two.

Grandma:  That’s right, Laura.  Two worms.


24 comments:

  1. They're just trying to distract you, Joanne. That's cannabis they are cultivating right under your nose, you know.

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  2. Well...2 halves of one dead worm, but two live makes a nicer thought.

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  3. One of the things I liked best was gardening with my grandkids. Now that I'm not there to encourage them and help/spend time with the little garden in the easement it gone neglected. We would go down to the nursery twice a year and they would pick out what they wanted to plant.

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  4. I still wouldn't have the heart to deliberately cut a worm in half.

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    1. Oh, no. But when you've shoved the dandelion picker down deep to get to the bottom of the root you can bring up half a worm, too.

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  5. I rescued a worm from a puddle yesterday...Karma points!
    Jane x

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  6. Wonderful character building going on there. We can never have too much of a sense of family.

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  7. I'm sure I was told the same thing when I was a little girl, i believed it but these days they are not as trusting as we were.
    Merle.....

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  8. I could do with the assistance of your grandchildren in my garden at the moment. And yes, I was brought up on the two worms theory as well. And my youngest brother asked if he cut one into a hundred pieces would he get a hundred worms...

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  9. I've still got more than a month until my grandchildren will be here to help in the garden. I broke down and ordered one of those small tiller things. We have a big tiller for the garden prep, but the little one will be good for cleaning up the rows and is light enough that I can work it...that's the theory anyway. It's still a lot of work isn't it?

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  10. I love those little moments. :-)

    Pearl

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  11. Another lesson learned. Gardening with grandma is such a great way to find out stuff.

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  12. sweet conversation...I chop them all the time in my compost pile

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  13. This reminds me of when my daughter was little and had a pet worm. She asked it if it needed a friend and then unceremoniously yanked it in half and introduced it to it's new friend!

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  14. Heh heh! I can just see the two older kids struggling to keep quiet after hearing the warning in Grandma's voice ...

    All three of them will be proud when they see what your managerial ability and their physical effort has produced!

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  15. I have had to Google cutting worms in half now !

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  16. Really? Two worms? Are you sure? I thought only the front half might regenerate, but not the back. :-)

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  17. Me, I've always been a bit suspicious about this worm thing. How can it possibly happen, that's what I'd like to know? Perhaps, like BadPenny, I'd better google it too :)

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  18. Grandma just knows. That's all there is to it.

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  19. Stick to your guns! Two worms. One that can eat. One that can poop! (i love conversations with grandkids)

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  20. I am sooooo jealous! 23 comments on one post. I'm going to have to find some of those 2.3 million other grannies raising grandkids so we can converse....as if we had time raising children at our age.
    LOOOVE the worm story! Jody The Medicare Mom

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