I remembered most of what my Grandma Twila taught me.
She was a teacher for more that 40 years and taught all of my family either first or second grade. She also lived thru the terrible depression, where her large family (14 brothers and sisters) took in another family to survive those lean years. At the age of 18 she traveled by train to Kansas to earn her teaching degree. At the age of 85, she didn't have a big garden anymore, she mixed her vegetables in with her flowers in her many flower beds around her home.
The oast two years I have mixed my vegetables in with my flowers.
This has saved me a lot of back pain and hard labor.
Here are a few photos of our delicious harvest.
Thehubs loves radishes!
He had fresh picked radishes daily from March thru the middle of June.
We always had our peas, onions and radishes planted by Valentine's Day.
Our potatoes were always planted by St. Patrick's Day and all according to the moons phase.
She loved her Farmer's Almanac.
I remember her using every space she had, rotating her crops so that something was always growing.
This year I tried hard to use her experience and knowledge to grow food that had no chemicals from seeds harvested the year before. She always said that if you planted the seeds from the year before they would be more heat and drought tolerant.
The new potatoes and peas were delicious!
I picked three good harvests from my small patch of peas.
I've planted Dill to attract butterflies, basil, thyme and chives to dry and freeze.
The marigolds keep the bugs away.
We have enjoyed fresh ripe tomatoes daily since June 4th.
My favorite is to walk out and pick a red tomato, rinse it with the hose, then sit and it on the patio with nothing but a salt shaker.
My Dad was a great gardener. We grew up with apple trees, cherry trees, peach trees, walnut trees, and pecan trees. There was always something good growing outside.
He also planted grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. Yum!
And each spring his big tiller would start our garden filled with corn, green beans, peas, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes and so much more. He would get home from his job as a welder and set his lunch box down on our porch and go right to his garden.
He also hunted, so we had a freezer full of deer, quail, raccoon, and even crawdads and turtle as well as spoonbill, crappie, bass, catfish and walleye fish.
We also raised cows, pigs and rabbits over the years.
He was also a survivor of the great depression.
That generation spent very little on food.
I can even remember my grandma taking the left over vegetables from a meal and putting them into her vegetable soup container in her freezer to be used later in vegetable soup. It was so good!
Do you have any garden memories of times past?
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