Thursday, June 25, 2009

Victory in the Garden

They are cropping up in the alleys in our neighborhood. Little gardens tucked in behind a garage or running along the wrong side of a privacy fence. Their owners seem tentative. They hide their first try, but tend their peonies and petunias proudly in the front yard. This is the first year I've really noticed people trying to grow food. The same people who bought the green peppers at Hy-Vee and never gave it a second thought are now experimenting with a little Victory Garden of their own. I see them when we go on our night-time walks with the little girls. I feel proud of my neighbors. Like we all know the same little secret. You can grow your own organic food. You can teach your kids how to eat from the back yard. Your own green peppers are the best ones in the world.

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be nice...