In this squirrelly, unpredictable new kind of winter, we get some 50 degree days in southern Indiana. Last weekend on a warm day my friend Steve announced he was planting spinach and chard. For my part, I have been overwhelmed in talking the talk – lots of talk — but not necessarily finding the time to walk the walk. I had not even taken down last summer’s tomato vines, though I had planted some Chinese cabbage last fall which survived the big post-christmas snow storm.
I am a real advocate of growing your own food, buying local food, growing year round — but often, I lack the time and the back strength to really carry on in my own garden. Excuses! So when it was warm for a while this weekend I went out and pulled out all of the dead tomato plants, weeded the old (still living ) weeds, and turned over the soil. In doing so I found some little surprises: a few tiny potatoes, a very few small beets, odds and ends of arugula plants, green onions, a teensy daikon radish, a small carrot. Nothing better than buried treasure! It made a sweet little supper.