Monday, June 29, 2009

Urban Farming, Chapter 14: I Told You So, but You Said, "Noooooo."

Posted by on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 6:30 AM

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Remember a few weeks back when I wanted to sow the Great Wall of Corn out in front of my house and everyone said it was tacky? Well, Personal Farmer Peter Anderson at Gardens of Babylon invited me for a tour of his vegetable/flower garden at the Farmers' Market, and all I can say is dammit, this bountiful show of color and produce could have been mine, if only I hadn't been such a wuss.

Behold the luscious contrast of colors--the vibrant edible nasturtium cuddled up against the weimaraner-hued lamb's ear, the zinnias flaunting their sunny blooms against the staid foundational green of the lemony sorrell...And what's that I see peeking daintily over this elegant composition of fresh-faced flowers...could it be? Yes, it's corn. Just like WHAT I WANTED TO PLANT, but nooooo, you all said corn was for the back 80.

Lesson learned. It's time to drag the edible agriculture out from the back yard. Next year when it's time to sow brazenly the planting strip between the sidewalk and the street, you won't find me being such a shrinking violet.

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