Thursday, August 19, 2010

attention span of a gnat

(albeit I'm assuming that's very short, but what do I know)

Remember a number of days ago I posted a picture of my first harvest from the garden? A glorious sunburst squash?

Well, I've harvested maybe 4 since then. AND a tomato.

Any pics? Any celebration?


I'm much better and planning and planting and nurturing the garden into maturity. CRAZY about cotyledons. LOVE leafy things. DIG the dirt.

Very bad at harvesting.

Ho hum.

Just not super interesting to me.

So, that got me to thinking; why?

Maybe we need the drive to plant and grow and nurture, but presumably our tummies would hurry along the harvesting. As opposed to today, where people pay other people to help them eat less and burn off what they do eat.

I'm thinking maintaining interest in harvesting, say, 3000 years ago (or even today, just not my house), when your life depended upon it, was not the dilemma.

Not starving was.


Guess I'll go install that drip irrigation system now.



  1. OK. You got me. Have you experienced the effects of true starvation, bb?

  2. Oh, jeepers, no. Didn't mean to imply that.

    It's just a sobering thought, to make me take agriculture more seriously, and the WHOLE POINT is to raise our own food, to live more sustainably, so I might need to be a wee bit more serious about it to get there.

    And if more serious gets more done re: growing and harvesting and eating from our land, well even I can probably do that. Just a perspective shift.

    As I write I'm only indoors to grab AAA batteries for my watering timer. Far to go re: set up, but the coop is all cleaned out, and at least SOME of the main hose is laid out. xo

  3. Sure, it is serious work, but don't forget that it is an experiment and that means that it should be fun and involve plenty of trial and error.

  4. @scienceguy288: I agree completely. Was chatting on the phone with a friend recently who is contemplating fall planting and I said this is why someone as smart as Thomas Jefferson (and George Washington, etc.) was fascinated by gardening/agriculture. The possible combinations of soil treatments, crops, rotations, weather, watering regimes, etc. are ENDLESS. AND you can (if you get non-hybrids) grow your own seeds, make new varieties if you're into that, etc. Can learn forEVER. Nice.


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