Why Grampa Knew So Much
A lifetime with a couple of crops
People who spent a lifetime growing large quantities of
a one or two crops may have had 30, 40, or 50 chances to
watch those plants, each year judging which varieties did
better and what influenced them. Even so, several human
generations might pass before a given cause and effect might be
repeated and also noticed.
Today we grow dozens of different plants in a
single garden. We have that much more to watch and we
change the mix frequently, so we may miss many
We also are probably never driven to learn in the way
people were when what they grew was vital for seeing the
family through winter.
So listen to me first, you can ignore me later!
- Marya Macunovich -