First Fruits

First Fruits

Tonight, I ate the first fruits of my garden. The leafy greens pictured above have been quietly growing in a make-shift container for the past couple of months. First, I sowed the teensy lettuce seeds in a 12-inch deep cardboard box lined with a garbage bag in my...
The Dry, Crunchy Parts

The Dry, Crunchy Parts

Last weekend, I was at my mom’s helping her clean up her flower beds. It is that time of year, you know. Most of her beautiful perennials have already strutted their summer stuff, and now they are mostly brown and droopy. Left on their own, the dry, crunchy...

The Certainty of Hope

For the past several weeks, I have been carefully evaluating all of the areas around my house where I planted hostas last year, waiting to see if the hardy perennials made it through the winter. Most of them weren’t looking all that good by the end of their...
The Dry, Crunchy Parts

Hug a Farmer

Just outside the window where I am sitting, I can see the top of one of my tomato plants, gradually taking over the nearby wooden fence with its strong, sticky branches. Some of the leafy stems must have snuck through the slats of the fence weeks ago when they were...