When you take a historic cow paddock and churn it into a vegetable garden, 100 years of manure-rich soil is ready to grow — FAST! A super-soaked spring is also credit to our overnight gardening success. Green thumbs-up to Cathy! She’s the one braving evening clouds of wasp-sized mosquitoes to tend the garden. Because the garden is not going to weed itself, I’m making a hardware store stop on the way home to buy a claw hoe. Confession that I’m excited about acquiring a new garden tool quietly indicates my enjoyment of this new outdoor hobby. Yes, gardening is fun but I’m still preoccupied thinking about growing meat vs. veggies. It’s going to be a bumper crop for crab apples this year, and the deer love them. Venison chops are going to be tasty next to our garden fresh carrots and spuds.