I just posted a short video on Facebook and YouTube. On Facebook, I named it “If old people put videos on Facebook.” It’s a very brief video of this year’s version of my “square foot garden,” which is about a month ahead of last year’s because I figured out that if plants have more sun, they grow faster. I shot it with a Canon Powershot TX1, the new pocket camera/HD camcorder.
Speaking of gardening, for father’s day, I was given a copy of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.” [Amazon.com link]. Having a garden — even one as small as mine — and reading her book, reminds me of how little most people (me included) know about the food we eat. Where it comes from and the resources it takes to get the food to our tables. Kingsolver makes a convincing argument that eating food in season from ones own area is not only healthy, but it could cut down dramatically on the consumption of oil. Other than loving the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes, I can’t recall my reason for planting my 48-square-foot garden last year. However, I’ve learned a lot from the experience. As Kingsolver says in her book, seeing the food ripen throughout the growing season also adds greatly to the anticipation — and flavor — of the vegetables.
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