Best, Allen
October 2005
High Country News;10/3/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 18, p23
This article focuses on the author's experience of gardening. The author says that gardening was as distant from his life as Afghanistan until he bought a house seven years ago. His newly acquired yard had bluegrass in the middle and a jungle of weeds on the periphery. He says that one year, his neighbors gave him starts of zucchini squash, which they also planted for him. The squash plants were more attractive than the weeds they replaced, so the next year he planted more squash, green beans and broccoli. These new vegetables similarly kept the weeds at bay with unexpectedly minimal work. He says that his briskly expanding garden now includes green peppers, cucumbers and onions, plus more zucchini than he has friends. Along the way he has also learned that gardens offer stuff for the mind as well as the palate. He says that every year he is learning what it takes to grow vegetables. Fertilizers manufactured from petrochemicals explain the spectacular yield of crops. The author says that he knows of one case where broccoli plants are started from seed in California in spring, replanted in Colorado during summer, then harvested and shipped to Massachusetts to be eaten.


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