Tuesday, April 21, 2009

All it takes is dirt

Water and a bit of patience:

Michelle Obama has put a vegetable garden on the grounds of the White House. Sales of seeds and plants are soaring. And pro-garden groups are churning out studies that show huge paybacks on investing in a home garden. The nonprofit National Gardening Association just produced a study -- sponsored by ScottsMiracle-Gro Co. -- that found the average family with a vegetable garden spends just $70 a year on it and grows an estimated $600 worth of vegetables.

George Ball, chairman and CEO of seed giant Burpee, can rattle off the savings for dozens of homegrown crops. Green beans will generate $75 worth of crops for each $1 you spend on seeds, Mr. Ball calculates. Even the lowly potato will generate $5 of spuds for each $1 you invest in seeds.

A woman who had moved to Southern California made us laugh when she called our growing season relentless. We are able to plant all year around. But water will be a questionable resource from now on out. Too many people, drought, and global warming will change all that.

It was in the nineties yesterday. In April, fergawds sake.

5 comments:

Sorghum Crow said...

We had snow flurries last night, in April fergawds sake. Mostly rain though. All my plants are indoors. I've started a bunch of seeds, optimistically including hot peppers and okra. This weekend I may even put peas and potatoes actually in the ground.

(why do all the word verification words sound like characters in a fantasy novel? Jontapar, indeed!)

Mahakal / מהכאל said...

80s here in Berkeley yesterday, and supposed to be similarly warm today. It's actually pretty comfortable, not too humid or anything.

ellroon said...

I'm sweaty and it's only 9:30 in the morning. I refuse to turn on my air conditioner in April!

When are we going to start building our houses underground?

Steve Bates said...

Yep. It's 81°F in Houston right now, predicted 85 before the afternoon is over... in April, fer Dawg's sake. Houston is somewhat cooled by breezes from the Gulf of Mexico only 50 miles away; I'd really hate to be in Dallas right now.

["clocke" ... what someone's going to clean?]

ellroon said...

We better get our June rains or I'll write a stern letter to somebody....