Planting season

He who plants a garden works hand-in-hand with God.
~Douglas Malloch, American author and poet

I got hooked on gardening more than 20 years ago. Entrepreneur’s parents have always had a vegetable garden and that’s where I was formally introduced to the wonders of eating veggies from garden to plate. I didn’t grow up in an area where home-grown veggies were the norm. Rose gardens? Yes. A tomato plant in a pot here and there? Yes. Large plots of land with rows and rows of vegetables? No. Living in suburbia, we “picked” at the grocery store.

Enter the country boy. When my teeth bit into home-grown corn on the cob…picked, shucked and on the plate 30 minutes later, I was in melt-in-your-mouth heaven. In fact, I’m not sure I had anything else on my plate that meal at his parent’s house except 10 ears of corn. Heaven.

Then came fresh green beans. OMG, I found I could eat my weight in them with nooooo problem. Soon, I was discovering the difference between store-canned green beans, peas and carrots versus the kind you get walking out the back door and into the dirt. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and, of course, corn followed. Lots and lots of corn. For a city girl, it was overwhelming.

When our daughters were born, much of their baby food was Grandpa’s garden veggies, cooked and pureed in a blender. Drop a few spoonfuls into ice cube trays, freeze, pop them out and into a baggie….and voila!…organic baby food whenever you need it.

So, about 20 years ago we decided to try our own hand at this veggie garden thing. With a 1.75 acre yard, we carved out a significant chunk for our garden. I quickly learned how to run a tiller and the art of canning. Our first year yielded 20+ quarts of green beans. Beets, cucumbers (pickles), corn, okra and peas stacked up in our pantry/freezer for the winter. We had fresh lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes and new potatoes every spring/summer.

When we  moved to a different city, we fell out of the gardening routine….until last year when we partnered with some farming friends for a “family garden” at their place in the country. And it whetted our appetite to try it again…closer to the back door.

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But first, a little preparation needs to be done. Because Mother Nature needs a little kick start getting things going…and growing.

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First, plow out thirty by forty feet of ground.

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Add compost and manure…upwind.

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Bet you don’t see one of these every day in the neighbor’s yard.

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Plow everything in real well. Avoid the dogs running back and forth through the garden.garden 7
For some reason this shot reminds me of the book, Are You My Mother? by Dr. Seuss!

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Put the kids to work.
There are many tired gardeners but I’ve seldom met old gardeners. I know many elderly gardeners but the majority are young at heart. Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized. The one absolute of gardeners is faith. Regardless of how bad past gardens have been, every gardener believes that next year’s will be better. It is easy to age when there is nothing to believe in, nothing to hope for; gardeners, however, simply refuse to grow up.
~Allan Armitage, writer, speaker, and researcher
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5 thoughts on “Planting season

  1. There truly is nothing like fresh picked vegetables, and although it’s a lot of work, I really believe it is so worth it. Cannot wait to see what you will grow!

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  2. “I got hooked on gar­dening more than 20 years ago.”

    Lisa, I so admire your talent for gardening because I have absolutely NO gift for growing things. OMG….I can kill an air fern!

    “When my teeth bit into home-grown corn on the cob…picked, shucked and on the plate 30 min­utes later, I was in melt-in-your-mouth heaven.”

    There is nothing more fabulous to me than eating a GOOD ear of corn on the cob! My mouth was watering just from reading that – HA!

    Great photos, Lisa!

    “For some reason this shot reminds me of the book, Are You My Mother? by Dr. Seuss!”

    Loved that!!!!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. My parents bought their first home when I was about 3. Even though it was a small lot, there was a garden in back. We moved to a 15-acre farm when I was 10. Corn season was everyone’s favorite time of late summer. 8-12 ears each for a family of 8 meant a whole lot of shucking!

    I’ve never gotten used to vegetables in a can or frozen fare. I spent too many years eating fresh-picked in season or canned/frozen out of season. I don’t even like ‘fresh’ vegetables from the supermarket. They just don’t taste right. Thankfully, there are Farmer’s Markets from spring to fall so we can get locally grown food that tastes good.

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  4. When we first moved here, we cleared a 40′ x 40′ space for a garden and every year I would plant twice. The first time the very end of May, the second time the middle of June or thereabouts because we’d had a freeze that killed all my little sprouts. Then, middle to end of August, I’d be dragging big sheets of plastic down to cover the plants as protection against our early frosts. While I loved the fresh organic produce, it just got to be too much.

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  5. Yeah!!! I completely agree, nothing beats fresh produce from the garden. We tilled our up a few weeks ago, and need to give it another go-round before we plant our summer crop. Can’t wait to see what you do with your garden plot.

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