Learning Through Gardening Essay

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I can’t dance and it’s too wet to plow. I’ve heard that expression many times over the years and never understood it until this April. I can’t dance and it certainly is too wet to plow! So I sit here, surrounded by 90 pounds of seed potatoes, wondering when they’ll begin to rot. Or if my tomato and pepper starts are going to be overly leggy before planting time.
The pea season’s gone, though I may take a shot at a fall planting, mostly to feed the deer and rabbits. I’m feeling some regret for the wildlife around the acre/someday garden. I’m sure they will consume more of our efforts than we will. However, I will harvest something from that ground, be it tomatoes and beans or venison. I’m not much for killing things, especially mammals,
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My grandparents’ generation had members living into their 90s. Not a few such long-lived, but an average! In my parent’s generation, the aunts and uncles aren’t faring as well, their children even less so.
Air and water pollution come into play with the shortening of my family’s life spans. All my grandparents and most of their siblings grew up on, lived on and raised their children on farms, far from city pollutions. My parents’ generation grew up with the automobile and airplane. My generation couldn’t live without aerosol cans of spray everything and air cooling systems in houses, cars and work places. I suspect the pollutants of the last several generations will be with the human race as long as we last on this rock.
I also see a change in our food. The stock market can rise or fall with little impact on me, politics don’t require my input as politicians usually ignore me, but what I eat affects me as soon as I bite into it! The soils our foods are grown in, the chemicals we use on the soil and plants, and the genetic manipulations of plants have all changed what we eat in comparison to what my grandparents grew and ate!
While some manipulations of vegetable genetics have produced varieties that concentrate certain vitamins or minerals, it is obvious that our modern factory farming methods have seriously reduced the nutritional value of the foods we consume. The drive to produce more at less cost had to be balanced by something. Quality is the easiest

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