Niagara Gazette — Our corn, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and okra were as good as any, and better than some. But we were most proud of the collard greens. They were the subject of great debates among the neighbors and friends from all over the county.
Back in those days, entire families actually visited each other.
Planting the gardens and tending to them taught us some very fundamental principles. In addition to the joy of spending time together as a family, it taught us the value of work.
We learned that we reap what you sow, and at the same time, it put some incredibly delicious meals on the table.
The garden always produced more than one family could possibly eat, can or freeze, so everyone gave much of it away, or traded; that was probably one of the most valuable lessons we learned — to waste not!
Our good friends over at the Old Farmer’s Almanac (almanac.com) have made it fairly easy to know when to plant and harvest what, which, in these parts of the world, can be tricky.
Their website includes a section (Best Planting Dates Calendar) where you input your zip code to produce a very detailed list of when to plant.
Of course, nature will do what nature does; no list necessary. The wild berries do their own thing, but if you are into planting your own broccoli, cabbage, kale, onions, peas, tomatoes, it’s time!
And, if by chance you are into growing the local economy, this is the perfect time to break ground. I have it from a number of good, honest, reliable sources that the soil is very fertile for a bumper crop of quality hotel rooms, retail stores, restaurants and world-class entertainment venues, some not too far from our very own backyards!
Happy Birthday to William Shakespeare who would be 450 (or so) years old today, and to my dear friend Gene Olson who just keeps turning and turning and turning; he will turn 87 years young on Monday. Blessings to Gene and all of my good friends at the First Friday Club!
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