Asparagus

Book Response: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life inspired my own efforts in gardening. Currently, the dogs rule my small backyard, so I am limited to planters on my balcony, but I still plan to expand my efforts to herbs, edible flowers, and lettuce this year. I may even volunteer at my nearby community garden.

In her book, Barbara Kingsolver describes how she produces enough from her land to sustain her family for a whole year. This book is an engaging narrative of her year growing all the food that she eats.

Memorable Images:

- An asparagus plot
- “Agritourismo” in Italy
- Countertops covered with tomatoes

Three images stand out in my mind: asparagus, “agritourismo” in Italy, and tomatoes! I had no idea that asparagus takes a few years to establish itself before it can be harvested. Kingsolver sums up what most ...