Jan. 16th, 2012

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Hello, I must be going! To be honest, I'm not certain how often I'll use this account. Since I've been transported into the world of Facebook, I rarely have a need for anything else. However, being a professor, every now and again I may feel the need to deliver my opinion.

Just for the heck of it, and since no one is probably ever going to read this, I'll toss this out. I decided to have a garden this year. I like big gardens; I always have, and with the high cost of vegetables, it makes sense to grow them myself. However, therein lies the problem - my house is absolutely unsuitable to gardening. I'm surrounded by tall trees, my garage blocks some growing area, and my house blocks the rest. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I can't grow great flowers. I can - quite lovely ones, actually. Any kind of vegetable, though, doesn't get enough sun. Without sun, you get small or no vegetables, which defeats the purpose.

To solve my problem, I decided to turn to Craigslist (of course). I put out an ad saying something to the effect of "I'll give you 25% of my vegetables in return for your gardening land." Lo and behold, I get a response, and not only that, it's virtually perfect for what I had in mind. It's out in the country, so there's no noise, there's water close by, and even a tractor to disc the patch. Excellent, think I - how can this get any better? What if I said it was less than a block from a cemetery I never knew existed in that area, which has one soldier from the Revolutionary War(!) and three soldiers from the War of 1812(!!!) buried in it, complete with a historical marker.

Oh, and this year's list of vegetables I'll grow? Corn, sugar snap peas, oregon pod peas, green bush beans, yellow bush beans, cucumbers (pickles!), carrots, celery, onions, garlic, potatoes, zucchini, chard, tomatoes (for canning spaghetti sauces, ketchup, etc.), brussel sprouts (for mom), several kinds of lettuce, winter squash, several herbs, hot peppers.....

I'm really looking forward to May 16th, the last day of the semester, and off for the summer!!


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