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Spring Time…Planting Time!


Easter is over, the days are getting hotter, and I’ve gotten out my gardening gloves.

Each spring I entertain fantasies of feeding my family from my own vegetable garden. I dream of growing onions and asparagus and celery, of harvesting tomatoes and eggplants and peppers…

In reality, every year I plant a lot of seeds and a lot of seedlings, and then say a quiet prayer that something, anything, survives!

It’s true that on rare occasions I’ve had success. Last year I managed to grow my own watermelons—small but sweet. And the year before that I grew a vine full of American-style pumpkins—a treat in Cyprus, where the local pumpkins are cylinder-shaped and do not lend themselves to carving into Halloween jack-o-lanterns.

But the reality is, my green thumb is never quite as green as I’d like it to be.

Nonetheless, there’s hope. I’ve discovered a few plants that reliably survive even my inept gardening attempts. A mint sprig someone gave me years ago multiplied a hundred-fold the minute I

planted it. Potatoes cut into chunks and buried in a soil-filled burlap bag produce wonderful baby potatoes even when I forget to water them regularly.

This year I’ve planted tomatoes, peppers, green onions, parsley, and zucchini. Whatever grows, will grow. And if nothing comes up? Well, my friendly organic grocery-store owner, to whom most of my money goes each month in any case, will be happy!


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