I admit that my garden went vacant this winter. Winter is the best season for growing food in southern New Mexico. I'm in the process of learning how to be an author who writes about homesteading and also a homesteader. Now is the time for mastery, balance, and holding what once seemed to be opposites, business and a natural, uncommodified life. I'm happy to report that most of our garden beds are clean out. Some are seeded and I got lucky too. The leeks I planted months back and have appeared as if to say, "it's OK Wendy, the garden welcomes you back whenever you are ready!"