Another Simple Change for the Better

Let’s establish one fact. I am a home gardener who sells the produce of the season to the local farmer’s market. Most of the time it is an activity that fills my days, including weekends. If I am not tending to delicate new plants, I am delivering goods in my truck. It is a labor of love and you will never hear me complaining. I grow anything and everything that will respond to the local soil: carrots, green beans, turnips, tomatoes, berries, citrus fruit on my seven small trees, celery, and occasionally grapes. The latter is wonderful to look it—I love the sprawling vine. But the birds seem to know the day that they appear as they get there before I do. I just smile. At least I am feeding them with fresh fruit.

Meanwhile, I look after my garden day and night. Sometimes I get home late from a delivery and must survey the state of things in the dark. This is where my flashlight comes in handy. It sheds enough light to illuminate almost the entire garden space. The only problem with this practice is that I am using up so many batteries. It seems that I keep buying them in bulk, but they are gone before long. I need to visit the hardware store. They have an array of models and I hope to find one that lasts longer. The clerk said that there is a simple solution: a rechargeable flashlight, but the store didn’t have any. I went online to buy instead. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? I stumbled onto They are a little more expensive but they more than make up for it in battery savings. If you are sick and tired of tossing those disposable batteries in the trash, this is certainly the way to go. For most people, whether they garden or not, this will be a change for the better.

You would be surprised what you might see while prowling your garden at night. The insects seem dormant but they can be their munching. The worst thing to find is an adorable baby rabbit leaving holes in your prized lettuce. This is bad because you do not want to cause the critter any harm, but you must shoo it off if you expect to make salad the next day. They say that rabbits are the most destructive animal for a garden as they love the tender plant leaves. And scarecrows and the like don’t work. You must get out there with your flashlight and hope that it scares them away. Part of gardening is pest protection and there are so many kinds. I balk at the thought of using any chemicals or sprays so it is up to be to be vigilant during the peak growing season. Sure, it takes time but you can alternate with a family member or friends who enjoys trading your veggies for those they grow. Make it a communal garden if you want the maximum amount of healthy produce in the end.