My granddad was a gardener. When I think garden, I think granddad. His garden was always impeccable. A weed would not dare to grow in it. The veggies would march along in the straightest of rows, and the back half of the yard had the fruit trees. When I think of what I want to accomplish in my garden, I think of my granddad and all his hard work.
Needless to say, I am nowhere near as accomplished a gardener as my granddad. But each year is a new year to learn more. This year’s lessons are varied.
1.) Tomatoes can/should be pruned. I never knew. Hopefully if I prune them next year, I’ll have rows of tomato plants instead of my current grown together tomato “area”.
2.) Cabbages take up too much space and attract too many pests to be invited back next year. We only ever really have it for St. Patrick’s Day and as sauerkraut. So nope.
4.) You can never have too many pepper plants or varieties. It’s an impossibility. So next year, more peppers, less cabbage.
5.) Homegrown radishes are far superior to store bought radishes. And all these years I thought I didn’t care for them.
These are just a few of the lessons I have learned already this year. Each lesson brings me closer to my granddad’s memory. And, I hope, closer to his legacy.