One of the joys of spending the money intended for your hernia operation on growing vegetables and herbs is watching in excitement as those first few shoots and leaves pop out of the ground and toward the electrified LED sunlight just above.
This is an exciting time, especially on our first time out with the Young Pioneer Collective Farm Kit, from MiracleGro (known in this country as the AeroGarden), which comes complete with a non-functioning Soviet tractor and angry peasant farmers.
The angry peasant farmers (not historically accurate) come with a pre-recorded track which demands better hours, wages and benefits before the Secret Police arrive to carry off the ring-leaders to the gulag. It's quite the absorbing political drama, even as it is set in farm country.
Still, I remain all the more fascinated by the growth we're already getting and can hardly wait to take over the kitchen and start planting all the outdoor crops.
Maybe this year I can plant rutabagas and sell them by balloon come August/September. I don't know where I got the idea, but it is a good one.