“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Green Is My Favorite Color

Every summer, my garden leaves me awestruck.
The wondrous events that take place there, right under my nose,
are nothing to take for granted.

How a tiny seed, carrying a plant's entire life's instruction manual
encoded on it's DNA,
grows into a huge nutrition-gifting biomass is nothing
short of a miracle.

Our weather this spring has been a gift...
plenty of rain and sunshine and mild temperatures
have made for the perfect growing season for spring crops.
About a week ago I harvested our broccoli.

It was sweet and tender.
Too much heat makes broccoli bitter - an experience we have had in the past
when Summer comes pushing her way past Spring,
rendering Spring powerless.

Yesterday I harvested the tender side shoots that grow
after the main floret is cut.
This will most likely be the end of the broccoli.
 I hope to plant more in the fall.

Another spring crop, cabbage, is doing especially well this year,
as tiny heads are quickly growing into kraut-worthy orbs.

The cucumber box is full of tiny pickles.
In a week or so I will have cucumbers galore!

Tomatoes are starting to form on the vines.
I have been extra vigilant this year in keeping the lower branches trimmed
from the stems to allow for adequate...

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