Now, here's a depressing bit of news: The White House announced this week that we probably won't hit 5 percent unemployment again until 2017. That's right. Happy Labor Day.
At least gardening generally gives one the sense of being rich, particularly a vegetable garden, particularly at this time of year, when even my new-this-season, smaller-than-usual vegetable garden is now an explosion of food. And vegetable seeds, thank God, remain the greatest bargain on earth.
Still, my garden is getting tired of the sour economy and so am I. I'm tired of buying fewer plants than I otherwise might–and apologies to Plant Delights and the Mettowee Mill Nursery in Dorset, VT for that–tired of not fixing the fence around my yard. And let's not even mention one of my major life goals–swimming pool–which was put on hold by Lehman Brothers and AIG.
What have you given up, garden-wise, in this downturn? And what WILL you give up, if we still have years of austerity to go?