Scissor off the Swiss chard leaves, yank the one tomato, shred all and put into butter sizzling with garlic for a few moments, and dinner is served. Free. No trip to store on way home last night. No poopie fingers on my food. No washing before cooking. No chemicals. No carbon footprint other than my huffing and puffing bending over to harvest them. Growing your own food!
Last night felt pretty damn good, breaking the stop and shop habit with food from the garden. Now I wonder how often that patch of ground can provide my meals?
ps-The grass clippings really really help. Everywhere I had them the soil was still moist underneath. In places where they had blown off or were thin, the soil was bone dry. Bone dry soil=dead soil. Dead soil=dead plants.
David Benjamin- horticulture degree North Carolina State University graduated 1983, has worked at the nursery since 1976. Somewhat tired of eating grocery store food.