How Does Your Garden Grow?

Liz Fogle

This article, entitled "How Does Your Garden Grow?" comes from Liz Fogle, MomsEveryday blogger from South Central Kentucky.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

From my past couple of blogs, you probably realize that I love spring/summer! I am the type of person that needs sunshine and warm weather. If I could live some place warm year-round, I so would (okay, maybe not, I love Kentucky)!!! One of the things I love most about spring/summer is the fresh vegetables from our garden. There is nothing like walking outside, picking your ingredients for dinner, and cooking them up! Honestly, I get quite spoiled in the summer because I don’t have to buy much fresh produce.

I get the easy part of gardening: picking, cooking, and eating (sometimes I don’t even have to pick the veggies). Unfortunately, it is Ben (my husband) who gets the hard back-breaking work! Every year in late March, Ben (my husband) begins the task of turning over our garden and getting it ready to plant. Bless his heart! He spends what seems like hours behind the tiller, turning over the soil, fertilizing it, and preparing it to plant. Eventually, he gets the soil to his liking and begins to plant our garden.

Let me just say this, our garden isn’t small! I think the plot gets bigger and bigger every year (yes, honey I notice). I am afraid I am going to come home one day and my whole backyard will be turned over into a garden!! Every year, we grow an array of onions, potatoes, broccoli, squash, zucchini, corn, green beans, green peppers, jalapeño peppers, okra, tomatoes, egg plant, cantaloupe, and pumpkins (I told you it was big)! Here is the thing though, we are only a family of 3 and there is only so much we can eat. Sometimes I can’t even give away all the squash and zucchini (that stuff produces like crazy)!! You want to know what is funny, we grow tomatoes but none of us eat them!!! I still don’t understand why we do this, but Ben plants them every year! I know what you are thinking, “Liz you should can all those fresh veggies”. Yeah, that isn’t going to happen!!! Just call me a Suzy-homemaker failure.

One of the best parts of the garden is watching Bug (my daughter) help! Our garden has turned into a daddy and Bug project! Bug helps Ben make the rows, plant the seeds, water, and pick the harvest! What a great learning/bonding experience for Bug! Watching Bug and Ben reminds me of my gardening experience with my dad. When I was younger, my dad and I decided to plant a small garden. Our garden contained: tomatoes, squash, peppers, and pumpkins. I told you it was small, but it was something we did together! There is nothing like bonding over dirt.

I do have a funny story about growing pumpkins. Unfortunately, my dad has never successfully grown pumpkins. He has tried year after year, but nothing!!! He has tried different soils, different locations, and different seeds. The end result….nothing!!!! I hate to rub this in dad, but we’ve grown pumpkins successfully for the past 2 years. My dad doesn’t even want to talk about our pumpkin success. I told him that we’ve been able to grow pumpkins because we learned from his mistakes (you know I love you dad). To make matters worse, my oldest sister successfully raised pumpkins last year too!

Okay, back to my blog on gardening!! I am super thankful my husband and daughter work so hard on our garden! The one question I have is; does anyone want to help pick green beans when they come on?!?! This is my least favorite activity, but in the end it is worth it! There is nothing like fresh veggies from the sweat of your brow.

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