Hubris is the word I use to describe my recent crowing. Nothing smites the gardener’s expectations better than a two-week-long early-spring frost.
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Wisdom from the sage
"We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it."
--from an essay in "The Long-Legged House"
"The word agriculture, after all, does not mean "agriscience," much less "agribusiness." It means "cultivation of land." And cultivation is at the root of the sense both of culture and of cult. The ideas of tillage and worship are thus joined in culture. And these words all come from an Indo-European root meaning both "to revolve" and "to dwell." To live, to survive on the earth, to care for the soil, and to worship, all are bound at the root to the idea of a cycle. It is only by understanding the cultural complexity and largeness of the concept of agriculture that we can see the threatening diminishments implied by the term "agribusiness."
"Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating."
--both the above are from essays in "The Art of the Commonplace: Agrarian Essays"
Is this so hard to believe?
"An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor, or Ba'al, or The Golden Calf. As has been said before, we are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further," Richard Dawkins, 2002.
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That stinks. I could almost taste that asparagus. But you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer. So far, this spring isn’t doing much for me.
We are forecast frosts for the weekend and I suspect that it will flatten a lot of the plants that have been spurting away in the past 2 weeks of glorious sunshine.
I will be very very mumpy if it kills the asparagus. I am meant to be able to eat a spear or two this year.
It killed me to see that asparagus! I had the first from my garden last night, and there is nothing like the first taste of green in the spring! I love your site, and so enjoy reading about the travails of a fellow gardener. Check me out if you have a minute when you get back.