Growing up in south Florida I knew nothing about having a garden...much less working a garden. We had fruit trees: Key lime, avocado, orange, and grapefruit. Daddy grew some tomatoes in the backyard, but that was it. After marrying and later moving to this little farm in Virginia, I began learning what an undertaking having a garden really is. You can’t have a garden that is worth anything if you don’t work it...that is a definite! For years our friends went in with us and we all had a victory garden out in what is now our front hay field...with NO water running to it. We had a gas driven pull crank pump we put into the creek and that was how we got up to that garden...a real pain in the neck! This is that field which a neighbor just bush hogged and bailed for the hay. No more garden out there for us. It was a killer to keep up, but then there were 5 of us to feed instead of 2.
Around the house and at the side of the new bathroom we put on several years ago, we have tomatoes planted....cannot let any sun drenched soil go unused. You will notice the green thingy hanging out the living room window...that is a “get away coons and deer or you will get beeper in your ear” machine. It works! It really bugs poor little Jack, our Schnauzer.
“What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back with a hinge in it”
~Charles Dudley Warner - 1871