The Unexpected Tree

I love my yard and I love my garden.  I did my best to keep my garden going all summer, but once I went on vacation in August, I came back and got a little… lazy.  In my defense, it’s been 110 for most of the summer, and my tomato plants really weren’t producing anymore.

So, on Monday, I went to my local A&P Nursery to pick up my cold weather veggies.  I got peas, lettuce, spinach, more tomatoes, a banana pepper, and some herbs.  I intended to start planting them as soon as I got home.

Now, I knew I had a tree in my garden.  I have no idea what kind of tree it is or where it came from, but it was shading my tomato plants, so I figured I’d leave it be and dig it out at the end of summer to plant somewhere else.  It wasn’t until I went out to my garden today that I realized that tree had suddenly become 10 feet tall!  How did it get so tall???

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It’s the tree in the background with the purple tops.

Now I have a problem.  I dug my shovel in next to it, figuring I could lever it out a bit.  It didn’t move.  I swear, my shovel handle started to bend.  So now I have choices.  I can either fight the tree, or I can just chop it down.  I feel kinda bad though.  I told that tree I’d replant it elsewhere, and here I am, chopping it down.  If I weren’t so lazy, I could have easily dug it out months ago.  But how was I supposed to know the mutant tree would shoot up overnight?

By the time you read this, the issue should be resolved, but at the time of this writing, I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.

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