This week I flew to Atlanta with Adrienne Neff to start the whole process of buying for the 2016 Christmas Season. Adrienne makes many of the beautiful works of art you see around our garden center and was coming along to check out some of the great displays at the American's Mart.
While our garden might have some weeds, it still produces enough produce for our family with extra to share. A few months ago, I shared the adventure of our grandson helping my husband plant the potatoes and onions. This past weekend he helped dig a few up. Aaron’s job was to use his gloves and clean most of the dirt off and put them in the bag. But after awhile, he decided that Granddad needed some help with the shovel and digging those potatoes up. Then it was on to pulling up a few onions because I needed some for dinner later that night. We still have a lot more to dig and store but it was so much fun watching Aaron get excited with all the potatoes each plant produced. We planted red and white potatoes, along with white and yellow onions. And of course all the other wonderful summer vegetables.
Remember when I told you about growing seedless cucumbers a few months ago? Well, Aaron picked his first one yesterday. I am waiting to hear if he liked it since he is the one who said they must be seedless. We did hear that he ate some of his potatoes the other night which was a big deal for him since he never liked them before. Having Aaron actually plant the potatoes, watch them grow and then dig them up for his parents to cook was very rewarding. It’s nice to know he sees what’s involved with growing your own food.
Back to those weeds you might just see in my pictures. Well, having a vegetable garden is A LOT of work, as many of you well know. But playing ball with our grandson or watching our granddaughter enjoying the grass tickling her toes takes priorities these days. After a good soaking rain, my husband goes up and pulls a bunch of weeds so we can actually find the pepper plants! We are still waiting for our first tomato and it looks like it will be any day now.
I hope that if you have children or grandchildren you have been able to get them out in the garden to help in one way or the other. Even if it is only for a few minutes, it’s a start to something wonderful and it doesn’t have to be just vegetables! Planting flowers in garden beds or in containers can make for fun times for kids. The main thing is to not worry too much if it’s not perfect. Just let them have fun, get dirty and bring your camera to catch those big grins on their faces.
by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President