Monday, October 06, 2008

Who Needs an Economy? We'll Just Eat Off Our Land

I am not a stock ticker watcher. But today, how could I not refresh every minute or so during the baby's nap? Wow.

So now my stomach feels kind of funny. It's not that we own so many stocks. We are decades from retirement, and I know that declines in the market in the first half of your career can actually result in a larger portfolio by retirement, as long as you keep investing.

But Epu's job, like most people's jobs, is dependent on his company getting work for its staff to do. It's like the whole company is a freelance writer -- they have to go out there and get assignments, or they don't get paid. And if the company doesn't get paid, well, you know what happens then.

But am I going to sit around worrying that something bad might happen? Where is the benefit in that? I'd sit around thinking that something wonderful might happen, but I thought that all summer with the Cubs and look what happened there. Much better not to think right now, don't you think? Come to think of it, who needs to think when you can wink?

Instead of thinking, I decided to head out to the garden to check out the bounty of our harvest. Who needs money this winter? If I just can everything I've grown, we'll eat for free!

Unfortunately, these are the eggplants we grew:

Aren't they cute? I'm actually tempted to harvest them and serve in a salad. Microgreens, anyone? Micropurples?

To be fair, we planted those eggplants from seeds inside a commercially sold eggplant. So maybe it was a hybrid line whose offspring were stunted. I'm sure the carrots we planted from seed packets fared better. See how nice and big the greens are?

Unfortunately, the green to orange ratio is a little high. I replanted this one; maybe by the time we get our first freeze I'll have a bite-sized carrot.

OK, so growing crops from seed can be hard in our climate. That's why I bought some tomato seedlings as well. These have been my best crop by far:

LOL. OK, that is a cherry tomato, and that leafless stick of a plant was my absolute worst one. The cherry tomato plants in my front yard actually became so huge that the vines are taking over the front porch and threatening to grab the mail carrier's legs every time she brings the bills. The harvest? Well, we probably got 10-20 nice big cherries -- a couple of family salads and a few snacks for me. There are tons more green ones on the vines -- we'll see if they are able to ripen now that the days are getting shorter.

By the way, I ate the cherry tomato in the above picture a few minutes ago, and it was actually quite delicious. But there goes the winter stores, eh? Devoured in a hungry microsecond.

In conclusion: If we survive the winter of '08, my No. 1 goal for spring is to grow a better garden. That's obviously going to involve getting some better soil out of there, and using fertilizer. I'm thinking about getting some worms over the winter to make a lot of nice compost by spring. Crunch, crunch, crunch! (That's the granola around here about now.)


babyboyg said...

We have a can-o-worms, and I love it. They eat our garbage and we don't have to walk them. Good pets. And, I'm sure everyone will tell you this, but they really, truly don't smell. You'd hardly know they were there :-)

Marketing Mommy said...

I was too lazy to compost this year, but I bought liter after liter of Worm Poop from the Green Home store and our garden FLOURISHED. Never seen anything like it.

Unfortunately the squirrels harvests a good deal of our tomatoes.