Watermelon Woman


Reading about Gardening
September 7, 2008, Sunday,6:46 pm
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The garden is growing albeit not enthusiastically. I have harvested a couple of handfuls of tomatoes, zero zuchinni, less green beans and one eggplant. A pumpkin died at 5″ and there are no melons big enough to see. A typical year? I don’t think so.

Botany of Desire

Botany of Desire

In the meantime, I have been reading gardening and farming books. I still have dreams of a small plot of land, chickens and no traffic. I am currently reading “Botany of Desire” by Micahel Pollan, author of”Omnivore’s Dilemma” which was excellent as well. Pollan’s precise, if I may be so bold as to determine, is that rather than man putting his rule on plants, it is the plants that have seduced man into helping them to survive, prosper and grow by providing food, beauty, drink and control. Botany describes the journey of the apple, tulip, marijuana and potato plants and the impact they have on humans.

Epitaph for a Peach

Epitaph for a Peach

Epitaph for a Peach, another current read, tells the true story of one California family’s desire to continue farming in the face of many obstacles. In particular, the peach itself is not a variety that lends itself to travel. It is too juicy and sweet and has a short shelf life. But quality of sweetness and juicyness is what makes the peach worth saving.

More reading selections to come.