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    Just A Little Pail Garden

    So Terry my aide had this good idea one day after she planted snap peas and green beans in the ground. Her idea was to have a pail garden. This entails gathering a bunch of five gallon pails, going down to town to buy potting soil and peat moss and of course plants. We decided on tomato and pepper plants to start the garden off. We got the potting soil and peat moss at Wal-Mart in Gloversville where they have a huge lawn and garden department. We weren’t the only ones there that had the great idea to plant.

    Terry first planted two rose bushes, that were a gift to me from her. Each week when I do my grocery shopping I always buy roses as well. I found the best roses at ALDI’s grocery store right in Johnstown. The manager, Steve, told me he gets them on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday so I usually make my jaunt down there on Tuesday or Thursday on any given week.

    Back to the pail garden. The first thing Terry did was scrub out the pails to make sure they were clean before planting. The next thing she did was mix potting soil, peat moss and compost that she brought from her pile at home. Then placed the mixture into the individual pails. After the preparation now comes the real planting.

    She went inside the house to get the tomato and pepper plants and when she got outside the planting began in earnest. A tomato plant for each pail and two pepper plants per pail. Putting two pepper plants per pail ensures pollination. At least that is what Terry told me.

    We have thirteen pails altogether. I can’t wait to reap the harvest. Our soil is so sandy up here, which is why Terry wanted to create a pail garden in the first place after seeing how much prep it took to ready the soil to plant green beans, snap peas and roses.

    So this is my story of my pail garden. It is definitely a first for me. Actually last summer was my first experience at all with planting a garden. I have to tell you how very neat it is to eat food you grow. Now this is not a big deal to Herman who grew up on a farm, but this is his first pail garden too. His mom was a big one for planting so he is not nearly as excited as I am!

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com