Last weekend we finished planting the garden. We set out the last of the home-grown tomato plants, broccoli, and cabbage. Planted more sweet corn, put in the squash and pumpkin seeds, planted the green beans and sowed more lettuce. Planted several hills of zucchini.
The garden is larger this year as three families are sharing--my son Steve’s and daughter Sue’s families plus Ruth and me. So we have 17 rows of potatoes—everyone likes homegrown potatoes. Forty tomato plants—who can resist homemade tomato soup, tomato juice and salsa. Long rows of green beans for eating fresh and freezing, and several rows of sweet corn. A few heads of cabbage—I’m the coleslaw lover in the family. Plenty of zucchini, too.
Each garden year is a challenge and a mystery. Some vegetables will do well, others less so. But after all the years that we’ve grown a garden at Roshara (since 1966) we’ve always managed to have plenty of fresh vegetables—and enjoyed many of them throughout the winter as well.
I’ve decided that gardening is one part skill, one part patience and one part hope. May it always be so.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Gardening is one way to be close to the earth, in more ways than you could imagine.
June 7, 7:00 p.m. Galesville Library. Horses and Barns.
June 24, 6:30 p.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, WI. Fundraiser featuring Campfires and Loon calls.
June 28, 5-7 p.m. Fitger’s Bookstore, Duluth, MN. Book signing, Campfires and Loon Calls.
June 29, 2-4 p.m. Cherry St. Books, Alexandria, MN. Book signing, Campfires and Loon Calls.