My grandather, Albert Behnke, used to raise goldfish in this pond, along with water lilies, for sale at the garden center. Mom said she used to love seeing the beautiful blooms and they loved to watch the frogs.
While March was a pretty wet, cold, and messy month, we were still able to start our spring vegetable garden. My husband found a few dry days and got the garden at my daughter’s tilled up and ready for planting. This is a pretty large garden that last year was crammed full of many different types of veggies. This year we decided that it was time to have some potatoes and onions along with strawberries. He had already planted my asparagus plants a few days before in our yard. Our grandson, Aaron came out to help with the planting of his favorite, strawberries. They carefully measured off the rows and built the mounds of soil to plant them in. Aaron learned this year about planting the roots deep enough to cover them but to leave the crown above the ground so the plant will not rot off.
While planting Aaron started laughing as his grandfather explained to him that some of the cows next door had gotten loose and left some surprises in the garden for him. Cow pies! “WHAT!!” Aaron laughed. “Yes, cow pies…” “Nah,” said Aaron, “that is manure!” Seriously, where does this boy learn these things?
Yes the cows got out, tramped through the garden and yard till their owner came and got them early in the morning. We never did see those cows, but we sure did see all their big hoof prints and a lot of cow pies all over our yards.
by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President