Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Symbiosis

I am harvesting my cherry tomatoes, and at least one pepper is ready for the salad bowl. The beans and zucchinis are still weeks away.

I'm not growing the veggies for nourishment, but for pleasure. Our connection with green things is not only physical, it's aesthetic. And why not? If it weren't for green plants, animals couldn't exist. Green plants are our link to the energy of the sun.

Plants need animals too. They need birds and insects to pollinate their flowers. They need animals to spread their seeds around.

In fact, that's why my plants put so much of their resources into fruits -- tomatoes, peppers, beans, zucchinis. The fruits have no support or nutrition responsibilities to the rest of the plant. They are the tenderest, tastiest part of the plant, designed to be appealing to animals. The reason is entirely selfish on the part of the plant: to entice animals to eat the fruit and carry the indigestible seeds away.