The subtitle to this post should be "The Trials and Tribulations of Gardening . . . and The Reasons To Do It."
I do have a vague recollection of mentioning that we were having some lovely, warm days. Well, that didn't last long. (Bad idea, I should never have said it out loud.)
We're right back into gray, drippy, sunless days with temperatures barely reaching the 60s (most often in the 50s) and night time temps falling down into the 30s, or possibly only the 40s if we're lucky.
What's growing in my garden? Not. Much.
Even cool weather crops such as salad greens, radishes and peas seem to be hovering below ground hesitant to peek out until the sun finally appears. I think I've noted visible shivering going on out there also.
Complaining about my minor difficulties in growing our own vegetables and fruits is hardly warranted when I think of so many other parts of our country where not only the home gardeners and market gardeners but farmers, too, are battling much more dire situations.
Okay, now that I've gotten my grumping and groaning out of the way, I want to inject a positive note and suggestion.
We've all seen food prices rising to new heights, and I don't believe it's going to get any better in the near future.
Even though raising whatever portion of your own food you believe you can handle is not a walk in the park, and you will face disappointments and a never-ending learning curve, I say start doing it if you haven't already. If the market gardeners and farmers continue to lose crops, whatever you have in your own backyard will be worth its weight in gold (or at least in green beans) to you and your family.
Soon, in my neck of the woods, the nightly frost warnings will stop, the sun will reappear, my garden soil will dry out and warm up enough so I can plant the rest of the seeds I have waiting to become pumpkins, squash, beans, peppers and cucumbers.
And sunflowers will be raising their beautiful faces toward that warm sunshine!
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