One thing that this rather unusual winter has affected is my garden. It has not faired well.
My pepper plants, which went through the last winter almost surprisingly since it was a mild one, were wiped out in the first freezing storm we had. My leeks never really took, and my greens grew a few here in there - but they, too, were drastically affected by the recent down to 17 F we had last weekend.
The surprising failure are my grains. I cannot quite tell, but it sure looks like the wheat and the barley are done for. Not really sure what happened - too much heat or too much cold, too much sun or not enough - but they look dead and dying. Rather disappointing.
The garlic, of course, is still performing like a champ. The one (and only) thing I can seem to grow consistently. And my onions, although having been knocked down by the cold, seem to be perking back up a bit. I am hopeful.
The whole thing is a bit sad, of course - no-one likes to waste effort - but is an inconvenience at this stage. But at least I have an understanding of the fact that it is an inconvenience. For a great deal of people in this country, even knowing it is an inconvenience would be news to them. Food, of course, comes from a grocery store.
If we all knew how hard it actually is to grow food, we might take more care in how we use it and support more generously those who provide it.
Or, we can all hope we can make it on garlic...