The 2015 gardening season
has begun. Ann planted
kale, spinach and lettuce seeds
in the raised beds in the greenhouse
and beets, lettuce, kale, swiss chard,
basil, parsley and tomato seeds
in the house, under grow lights.
Already, the almost-forgotten
challenges
of gardening
are apparent: mice are
nibbling on the tiny sprouts
in the greenhouse.
Gardeners must have hardy
souls.

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I stopped by CommonWealth Urban Farms
in Oklahoma City a few days ago.
Front-yard winter gardens were
producing greens, broccoli;
veggies growing too
in Smart Pots lined up in the driveway.

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Lia Woods was in her potting room
transplanting tiny sprouts in tiny,
home-made earthen cubes
to their roomier earthen homes
in flats. CommonWealth farm
is more-than-a-city-block-big;
thus, flats and flats and flats
of sprouts.

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We who love vegetables—
locally grown, organic vegetables—
are grateful for our gardener friends’
hardy souls.