Harvest festivals have been human tradition for thousands of years. Until the rise of industrial society that delivers manufactured food year-round, harvest festivals were practical as well as celebratory - a way of redistributing harvest bounty so people could get through the cold season ahead.
What Americans now call Thanksgiving started as a national holiday ordained by war-grieved President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, as brothers, friends and fathers in the young country killed each other in the Civil War.
In the hydroponics gardening community, thanksgiving happens almost daily, and especially at harvest time when your plants are ripe and ready.
If you’ve done your hydroponics gardening job right, and if fate has been kind enough to spare hydroponics plants from a plague of spider mites, thrips, grey mold or powdery mildew, harvest weight tips the scales in your favor.
In a hydroponics home, harvesting takes on an age-old flavor as the grower cuts the “fruit” from the plants, carefully handling it, preparing it for drying and curing, inhaling the aroma of the freshly-cut crop.
Hydroponics growers, alert to the blessings in daily gardening life, experience thanksgiving in the complex, miraculous combination of materials, technology and know-how that creates their garden.
They’re thankful for Dr. William Gericke, the hydroponics pioneer who became famous in 1937 for inventing a deep water culture system with tomatoes and other crops growing in vats of nutrients-enriched water.
They’re thankful for the workers at power plants who provide around the clock reliable electricity that powers HID lights, fans, irrigation pumps.
They’re thankful for hydroponics scientists and entrepreneurs who create hydroponics nutrients, hydroponics lighting, and hydroponics gardening techniques specifically targeted at increasing the yield and quality of high-value plants.
As a hydroponics grower, I try to retain “attitude of gratitude.” I think about those early settlers back in 1621, who spent much of their first year living on their boat, anchored off the coast, starving to death.
The settlers who jumped ship and tried to make it on land had no idea how to survive in the new world. If not for the natives who showed them how to build dwellings, find food, and cultivate corn, all those English immigrants would have died.
As you tend your hydroponics garden, party with friends and family, and relax this Thanksgiving holiday, take a moment to reflect on all we can be grateful for. Let it lead you to a life of generosity, patience and ethics. We would all be thankful if the world had more of those qualities in it.
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Monday, 21 November 2011