Gardening update It was a fruitful weekend here in the garden. I’m building a somewhat elaborate traditional kitchen garden with raised beds, and this weekend I got it all marked out with stakes and chalk line, and then today I dug six of the eight beds. The other two, which I suspect will be heavy with crabgrass roots, as well as with roots from the large virginia creeper I cut down, will have to wait until I can fit them in this week, because my back made it abundantly clear that it had had enough for the day (I hate not being 20 anymore). They look beautiful. I’ve been planning this on paper all winter, and I’m so thrilled that my design looks like it’s going to be terrific — the beds will be both decorative and practical. And I feel really great about keeping Mrs. Warnik’s vegetable patch going. (And should I somehow lose my enthusiasm for farming, they will make lovely perennial beds.)
I also started some seeds in the basement yesterday. I have a flat of herbs started, and the tomatoes and eggplants. Whenever the war really freaks me out, I go downstairs and look at those two flats of seeds warming on their heat mats, at the condensation on the inside of their little clear plastic domes, those seeds in there, warm and moist and sprouting. Summer will come somehow or another, and chances are, there will be tomatoes in my yard.