Each winter, my family goes to our orchard to carry out an ancient tradition.
The perennial plant's tightly furled leaves emerge in March, pushing aside wintry desolation.
Underneath layers of mulch, the German Butterball and Rose Gold flourish.
How does the blazing sun produce so much refreshing fruit?
We invest each seed and young plant with the exuberant yet completely rational hope of compounded returns.
It landed on my patio in early November, a pointy-ended battleship that was more mineral than vegetable. It stayed there as the days got shorter.
If a plant deprives your crop of moisture or sunlight, it's a weed. In most other situations, so-called weeds are actually doing a lot of good.