Yesterday I picked over 27 pounds of blackeyed peas, a big bucket full of tomatoes, some snap beans, and some zuchinni. I left behind squash, eggplant and watermelon for later. We get a haul like that every day.
This weekend I’ll be planting spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens and broccoli. As that comes in our sweet potatoes should also be ready.
I get frustrated sometimes when we have way more great organic food than we can possibly eat or process. I can’t help but think sometimes that if folks go hungry in the summer, it’s gotta be their own fault.
I read recently that the number of folks on food stamps is now at an all-time high. Tens of millions of people. I wonder how many of them planted a garden?
There is a couple that lives not far from us who have one of the best-looking gardens I’ve seen this year. It’s well-tended and obviously producing copiously. They live in a very small house and by all outward appearances are poor. But they’re obviously eating very well.
I realize that there are millions of people who are going through very difficult times and need some help affording food. But I also think it’s a pity that we have largely lost the ability or willingness to grow food for ourselves. It wasn’t that long ago that nearly everyone, rural and urban, had a vegetable garden in the backyard. But in our societal cascade to total dependency, that’s not true anymore.
On the bright side, backyard gardening is on the upswing, thanks to the economic mess we’re in, and the fact that it doesn’t promise to get better anytime soon. Maybe we’ll see more and more people harvesting sunlight and eating well. I hope so.