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What’s Growing in Your Garden?

Maine Garden Glimpse, 2014Thanks to a long winter in Maine, it took a long time this year before I could turn the soil and get plants started. Now that the days have turned reliably warm, I’ve got peppers, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, beans and zuchinni in the works, to be surrounded by wildflowers if everything germinates well.

My aesthetic sense trumps practicality: I have multiple rows, between which I let the grass grow. This means a lot more weeding, but when I look at a big square of bare dirt my heart just sinks and the word “barren” comes to my mind.

Just thinking about the zuchinni to come prompted me to buy a few at the grocer’s yesterday. I’ve got zuchinni spice bread in the oven right now, filling up the kitchen with smells of yum. As I was spooning the brown lumpy mixture into loaf pans, I thought to myself that the dough seemed smaller and drier than it ought to. A quick look to the left showed a heaping but forgotten plate of shredded zuchinni; a quick fold-in set everything right. Something delicious is coming; I might not be so enthusiastic about the squash in August, but too many vegetables make for a distribution challenge, not a curse.

What’s growing in your garden?

3 comments to What’s Growing in Your Garden?

  • Dave

    Aesthetics trumping practicality reminds me of what happened a couple of years ago. The local railroad buff society re-opened a railroad spur that once ran behind our place and drove an old engine with three passenger cars several times a week right near our veggies. Ours was the first place to be seen after a trip through the woods and over an old wooden trestle through the marsh. Realising that I and my garden were now part of the scenic tour I grew everything in raised beds with a little lawn in between. Being sure to over-fertilise everything I grew so many tomatoes that my wife decided that would be the year I learned to put up produce. The next year I grew wildflowers. This year we will devote the entire sandpatch to citrus trees and hopefully in time regain our privacy.

  • Tom

    This only applies tangentially, but it’s important (and as usual I didn’t know where to put it – besides “where the sun don’t shine.”)

    This incisive article by Josh Sager published one month before the November 2012 US presidential elections carefully documents how Monsanto has cornered the US political system.

    Whoever gets in, Monsanto’s interests will be served.

    Moreover, Monsanto also controls key appointments to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-controls-both-the-white-house-and-the-us-congress/5336422?utm_reader=feedly&utm_content=buffer65996&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    Monsanto Controls both the White House and the US Congress

    No Matter Who Wins the Presidential Election Monsanto Benefits

  • J Clifford

    That is tangential, but it does have a possible connection. I’m thinking that raising vegetables is getting more difficult than it used to be, because now we have to wonder whether the flowers that produce edible fruity bits will be pollinated. What I’d like to do more research on are the neonicotinoid pesticides that have been shown to contribute significantly to colony collapse disorder. What’s the money train on those, I wonder? Do you know of anyone who has traced those links already?

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