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Gardening in America
Spring, 2005

by Nancy Fletcher

Rolling thunder woke me today. One old story reads, “the giants are bowling,” and I'm thinking, “Wow,  a strike! And then, one by one,  the lanes all along the vast heavens have a score so that the rumbling continues on for a great span over the land.  Each sound is farther away and more muffled.  There must be a lady giant with a huge camera, flashing shots of her man clunking bowling balls down,  right before it scoots toward  its crashing destination into the pins. Rain drop beat against my window like so many tiny fists frustrated because they cannot come into the house.

While I walked the grounds yesterday,  I saw one place where the water has been  rushing through. It was easy to see the unruly, determined childlike thing  had found a place to have its way here at the break of this hill. I'm just as busy in my mind trying to think of a way to thwart its attempts to hurriedly join its friends in their travels down to greater tributaries.

This is only an acre but for each inch there is an opportunity to bring some blessing to the ground, air and general landscape. Two years have gone by since I put the flower bed across that particular area. Maybe I just haven't been aggressive enough to slow the run off as much as I would like to see. At any rate, this is where I plan to put my garden this year. Farther down and a little closer to the house is where I want to plant another row of Poplars.

The winter onions have “wintered over,” and they are a rich,  dark green;  a sight to behold. I've been cutting the tops off those  for soups, salads, green onion gravey and whatever else. Not only are they beautiful but delicious as well. Last night we had them sprinkled into tacos. Today I plan to put a couple cups of cottage cheese along with green onions in the blender. You cannot beat this for a great dip.

The mint bed I'm moving to one edge of that flower bed where the water is washing. Let it try to uproot that wiry, tough little plant. I believe it was Gertrude with the homesteading group who told me this.

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