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Whole Food Harvest

The best work I have done all year was performed at twilight, as I gathered the year’s last fresh sprigs of mint from where a lawn once grew – 5 pounds of leaves stuffed into a tote bag from a Whole Foods store that sells factory-brewed mint tea for several dollars per serving. Tonight, there [...]

October Bounty

A full week into October here in mid-Maine, and still I’m harvesting a bounty from good earth. A few peppers that are supposed to be hot came out sweet in the chill, but hundred of sweet peapods are a special delight, since these cost me nothing but the light work in August of shelling [...]

October Garden Economy

Trying to make ends meet in this economy feels like my experience trying to fit in a little last bit of gardening this October 21st afternoon, pulling up thick patches of turf to replace them with edible ornamentals while a cold rain becomes progressively heavier, remembering the forecast that the precipitation may turn to snow [...]

Onion Disappointment

The harvested bulbs they had created were tiny – only a little bit bigger than the original sets themselves. [...]

A Potato Recession

In gardening as much as in other aspects of life, humble expectations are more likely to be met than grand predictions of profit. There’s a good reason that, a few generations ago, huge numbers of people stopped working the land. It’s hard work, and quite often, crops fail. [...]