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    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.

    Terry 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.

    A lot 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) garden.

    Everybody 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 right.

    I think 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.

    I think 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 ripen.

    Something 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.

    Terry 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.

    So, 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