Growth

Growth

I like it when things are growing in my house. Well, I don’t like all of the things that grow in my house: mold on the cheese, spiders in the corner, frost on the windows. But there are other things that grow, like house plants on the shelf or the bacteria in...
Loving the Land

Loving the Land

When the thermometer reached up into the 60s on Friday, unseasonably warm for late December in Indiana, the last of the snow melted from my yard. Though the temperatures have sunk back below freezing, with the snow now gone, I am once again greeted each day by the...
The Hope of a Fall Garden

The Hope of a Fall Garden

It’s an awkward time of year for gardeners.My eggplant has reached its stride, and in addition to the two fruits that hang from its branches, there also is the promise of a couple more blooms. The basil has gone from a rather unpromising shoot that I started...
Next Summer’s Garden

Next Summer’s Garden

Sweet corns shucks lay piled in a heap Just beneath the wilted greens – Chard, sorrel, kale, lettuce. Watermelon rind, shrinking, Lies among the decaying leaves and stems, Embattled, sunken hulls. Beet tops bleed out the bottom Onto pungent coffee grounds A long way...