The Plants Do Most of the Work

Looking at my vegetable garden this morning, it occurs to me that the plants do most of the work.  I set up some conditions (rich, loose dirt took the most effort) and take a few minutes to water on days it hasn’t rained.  I’ve paid attention to other people’s knowledge about planting depths and distances, alternatives to pesticides, and so on.  The vegetables work all the time, though, and they do it without my supervision.  Here’s a link to a cool article on photosynthesis.

Everything the plants do benefits people, from the oxygen to the food.  Growing a few vegetables increases food supply and reduces demand by some (tiny) amount.   Local production reduces fuel used for transportation (with less waste carbon dioxide).  I feel great about all that, but mostly I’m looking forward to eating the first radishes this week.  Pictures below.

Beneficial change doesn’t always have to be huge or burdensome.  (It also doesn’t have to be a vegetable garden.  That’s just something within my reach that appeals to me.)  If you’re thinking of making a positive change in your life, it might be small and painless, even fun.

The tomato seedling has doubled its height in about a week.

The tomato seedling has doubled its height in about a week.

Carrots Grow in about 72 days

Carrots Grow in about 72 days

Radishes at 17 days

Radishes at 17 days

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