After running the errands for the day, my wife and I “counted our pennies” so to speak and headed for the Chinese Emporium, so she could take her daily constitutional and pick up a couple food items. Now that money is a bit tighter than it used to be, we’ve discovered how much we enjoy eating. She was lamenting that we had to get only what we needed, and not what we wanted, which means we still have plenty, if you get my drift. Still, some of what she wanted was actually healthy vegetables, so her lament had some real merit. Zucchini and summer squash were a couple of the items, so I gathered up my change and went inside after I’d let her out and bought a package of zucchini seed. I wasn’t sure I had enough change for summer squash seed, so that will have to wait until next trip. The little packet of seeds was $1.88 plus tax. I recalled selling flower seeds when I was a kid, and a heavier packet than that one sold for only 15¢. My, how the times have changed in 50 years!
We didn’t get back from town in time for me to get any serious outside work done, but I wanted to do SOMETHING. I got the old tire casing off the top of the firewood stack, where it had been holding down the windward end of a tarp, and replaced it with a heavy chunk of wood. Then, I took it down to my tiny garden area to join its four brothers. After adding a little bit more dirt to the first one, I planted four zucchini seeds in it. Then, I lined up the other tires where I wanted them, trying to decide what else to plant there. I’ll wait until another evening to fill them with dirt. Food is getting too expensive for poor folks. People have got to change their habits and hobbies if they want to continue eating on a regular basis. I’m answering Sixbear’s call to action. Four seeds maybe be a comical beginning in some ways, but it’s a start. Plus, I decided not to harvest any sun-chokes from my planting last year and just let them multiply. I already have some woods dirt that needs sifted and I’ll be able to fill the other tires. Those may be little steps, but at least they’re in the right direction. © 2014