Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt shows students tending a school garden. What a timely theme for me as I’m just getting a new garden going. When I was a new bride, my husband and I started gardening with some friends who owned plenty of land and had room for a sizeable garden. We shared in the planting and weeding. We also shared in the shelling of limas and peas, stringing of beans, and both canning and freezing our bounty. It was a wonderful spring and summer producing our own food and being with our friends.
We enjoyed comparing notes and tomato size with my father-in-law who was THE gardener of the family. His garden was so large that were it not a garden, it easily could have held a house with room for a backyard garden. Of course, he started that garden when he had 8 children at home to feed. Even after most were grown and married, he kept plowing the same number of rows and sewing the same number of seeds. The only changes he made were to the variety of corn or beans he might try that year. His garden was always beautifully manicured as well. Barry said growing up, all the kids were expected to help with the weeding, but few were allowed to plant as his dad was meticulous about spacing.
When we moved from the Shenandoah Valley to Chesapeake, I tried square foot gardening. It’s much smaller scale and more efficient than what we had done with our friends.
|Nice walkways between the squares make it easy |
to weed and harvest. A "cute" garden was fun for the kids too.
However, I’ve not gardened in a number of years – too many distractions – too much research to do - too many rabbits – let’s see, what other excuse can I think of? Anyway, now I miss it. I miss eating a REAL tomato. So I’ve gotten my square-foot gardening book back out, added a garden fence when we installed a new fence, built some 4x4 boxes, and I’m ready to prepare the soil for the tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers, corn, and herbs.
|Barry said to caption this: Wendy in her play pen.|
|I'm really not planting in concrete -- this dirt looks BAD. |
I'm working on it but the THEME is ahead of me.
Square-foot gardening – it’s not your great-great-grandfather’s garden!
Wouldn’t you like to plow through some lovely blogs at Sepia Saturday?
UPDATE: Here are a couple new pictures of how my square-foot garden is coming along (April 30, 2012).