Produce from the Pail Garden
So I recently told you about this pail garden that Terry
planted for me. We also planted pea pods and pole beans
in the ground. So far I’ve got a few green tomatoes
and some pea pods for salads.
tells me the pepper plants are coming soon and they will
produce more peppers than we can use. Did I ever tell
you how much I used to hate peppers? Then, one day I actually
tried one. And surprise, surprise, I actually liked it.
of things are like that. It takes that first step of trying
something that doesn’t at first look very appetizing.
I’m not a big fan of tomatoes, and I don’t
see that changing in the future, but I may have to at
least sample some vine ripened tomatoes from my own (pail)
tells me vine ripened fruit doesn’t taste the same
as store bought fruit. I have yet to try fresh tomatoes
off my vines, so I’ll find out if they’re
it’s really neat to eat food you’ve grown
yourself. I know farmers have been doing this for thousands
of years, but it’s all new to me.
next year I’ll try to grow cucumbers and maybe even
some melons, since I know I like them. I’m not sure
we have a long enough growing season here in Caroga Lake
for melons though. I’m told they need longer to
else I like is fresh lettuce, and I here that comes up
quickly, so I may try that next year as well. Terry put
up a trellis which she tells me the pole beans will climb
up for support. They are starting their climb as I write
this, so I hope she’s right.
and Herman are both old pros at gardening, but it’s
a new experience for me. Herman tells me his favorite
times of gardening were planting and harvesting, but that
he hated weeding in between. The nice thing about container
gardening is that there are hardly any weeds and whet
there are knee-high in the pail so they are easy to pluck.
That also works with raised bed gardening, according to
Herman, but we don’t have quite enough room in the
back yard for that.
happy gardening, everybody, and I’ll let you know
when we take in our crops!
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