In a comment on a recent sock post, a reader asked why I knit socks. The question was posted on the same day that I was in the garden at 7:15 a.m. cutting four grocery bags and half a packing box of mustard greens. Then I spent most of the rest of the day washing the grit away and cutting the stems off the greens. By the time I got the pint jars packed, in the canner, pressure up to 10, held it there for 1 hour, 10 minutes, let the canner cool down, unpack it and get it off the stove, I had to hurry just to get dinner on the table by 6 p.m. All day working on the mustard greens!
I asked myself . . why do I plant vegetables, water, pull weeds, spend the hottest days of the summer out tending vegetables? Why do I spend hours and hours in the kitchen canning?
The carrots – they’re truly the best carrots I’ve ever had. They’re also the first carrots I’ve ever grown so maybe all home grown carrots are sweet and juicy and crunchy.
The beets – I don’t know about beets. They’re good but they don’t float my boat like the carrots do.
The chard – This was my first time to grow chard too. When I first planted the garden, my neighbor was telling me how much she loves chard. I asked what it tasted like and she thought for a minute and said “It’s just heavenly!” She was right.
Thank goodness for a spinach meatloaf in the freezer! Heated that up, along with roasted beets, the carrots and the chard.
Yes, I remember why I go to all the work to have a garden!
Now . . about those socks . . if you knit socks, why do you do it?