Tuesday, July 6, 2010
From Cradle to Table
So today I have the unfortunate mission of crafting a 20 page research paper about how war economies (mainly those who are economically benefiting from civil war) are an obstacle to the prevention and resolution of protracted ethnopolitical conflicts.
But before I dive back into that project, I wanted to mention that a dream came true for me this morning. After faithfully watering, dutifully repotting, and systematically monitoring my patio garden for weeks and weeks, this morning I was able to walk outside when I woke up, pluck a few ripe tomatoes and two handfuls of basil leaves, walk back in and whip up fresh basil pesto tofu scramble (and a few buckwheat waffles).
I have been picking a few Roma "windowbox" tomatoes here and there for about a week now, and they have been by far the most delicious tomatoes I've ever eaten. The rounder, softer "patio tomatoes" are not as firm or flavorful yet, but there are still plenty of fruits left on the bushy branches, and so room for improvement.
While I enjoy good produce more than most, it has been my dream to grow food I could pluck right off of the vine and eat, and I have succeeded. It took a lot of water, attention and quite a bit of financial input (considering most of the plants now happily reside in 16-inch diameter ceramic pots filled with organic potting soil and vitamins).
So one more point for sustainable living and growing. Cheers to more plants and more food in the future... hope everyone survives this 101 degree day!