I spent the Memorial Day weekend with my friend Joe Yonan up in Maine where he is taking a year off from his role as Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post to work on a book about vegetables and live on his sister and brother-in-law's homestead. He's growing his own produce, fetching eggs in the morning from his small gaggle of hens, and living as much as possible off the land.
With some gardening experience in my past, I volunteered to venture north and help with some homesteading chores. The very first challenge posed to me was by Joe's sister. She took me out to the garden, pointed at a tall stalky plant I knew to be lovage, and said, "What should we do about this thing?"