Personal plant growth

“Some say everyone who eats meat ought to be required to butcher it at least once,” Hank Shaw recently wrote on his Hunter Angler Gardener Cook website. Absolutely. Although the hunter himself admits it “would create a great many vegetarians,” he argues the process produces respect for the life that was taken for consumption. But that applies for plants, too. Growing one's own vegetables cultivates appreciation for what we nourish ourselves with, and the University of California Sacramento County Master Gardeners will show how it's done at the Edible Landscape Workshop on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at First United Methodist Church (2100 J Street). It costs $30 and includes lunch. Preregister at