I mentioned in an earlier post that, because of my heart surgery and, since I had not been successful in finding someone to work the garden at my direction, I wouldn’t try to put in vegetables this summer. I would just concentrate on trying to keep perennials alive. But, providentially, my good friend, Gene Shelton, found me. For “grazing rights” he agreed to take over until I was back to full strength. He would weed and plant and I would take care of setting up the drip irrigation. This has worked out very well and we now have yellow crook neck squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, radishes and peas…all doing very well. We already had swiss chard and asparagus growing.
Since Gene is an East Texas child, he planted a lot of things that felt the West Texas heat and prudently refused to come up. We will try some of them again as the weather grows a little cooler.
The vegetable garden has become a lot more important since I became a vegetarian (actually a “no-fat vegan”). I expect the garden will become my primary source of food. In the meantime the produce department of the grocery stores has become the most important section.
We are fortunate also to have two sources of organically grown vegetables in Abilene and a three-times-weekly farmer’s market (mostly offering non-organic produce).
Why did I become a vegetarian? Well, it certainly was not because killing animals and eating their meat disgusts me. It was not because I came to the conclusion that eating only vegetables would save the planet. My mouth still waters at the thought of fried eggs, bacon, sausage, steak, pork ribs, fish, seafood, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, barbeque and meat in general. I love all kinds of cheese and other dairy products. No one could love those delicacies more than me. It took some powerful scientific facts to shift me from a carnivore to a herbivore.
If I had the power, I would command everyone to immediately read two books: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D. The China Study is billed as “The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted.” It is informative, disturbing and hopeful. I say, without reservation, it can save your life. In addition I would require everyone to watch the videos Forks over Knives and Planeat. After that, if you still want to eat meat and dairy, that’s your choice. My goal is to educate. If, in that process, you are converted then praise the Lord!