Today, I thought that I should buy a farm. This was not caused by any desire to return to the land, but from a need for more land.
To explain, I must back up a bit. Out property is surrounded by high trees, which keep out sunlight for most of the day. This prevented considering growing vegetables, even if I had wanted to. I managed to plant a few flowers.
Last year, a storm uprooted a large tree, which fell on the neighbors house. I was surprised, when he rang my bell, because I had heard nothing. Also, I had never met the man, who is Turkish (which does not explain not having met). This provided a large area of garden, which received sunshine. This year, we decided to remove a second tree, thus creating a large expanse needing new plants. My wife wanted a small apple tree and tomatoes. I decided to try my hand at string beans and peas, because I recall my parents having such plants in vegetable gardens at various houses of my youth.
Tomato plants are sold at nurseries or at farmers’ markets. I planted two varieties of tomato, one cucumber,and one pepper plant. If you want beans and peas, then you must start with seeds. This seemed daunting, but I gave it a while, by sprinkling the seeds in two window boxes (not being used on window sills). To my surprise, both thrived and grew into seedlings. But, I had a problem: not enough space for hundreds of plants.
While planting seedlings in every imaginable spot in the garden, I thought about the benefit of having a farm with several acres. I could plant my beans and peas in rows and not have to stuff them in dumb spots in a too-small garden.
Stayed tuned, to learn what happens in my return to nature...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.