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May 10, 2014

RAY DAY: Time not wasted in garden

Where did the time go? It seems like it was just yesterday when the tornado came through. The last snow was not too far away, and it would not surprise me if we have one more before the garden can be prepared for planting and maintaining.

This year it will be like those days when I was a youngster working in our family gardens. Dad did most of the heavy work, as he was tough as steel. He always had a garden that was fruitful and great looking too. We kids had the job of weeding and watering it.

Dad planted potatoes, onions, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, beans, lettuce and more. Boy, we ate good out of that garden. It seems like that is the reason I put one out each year, no matter how I feel. Ramona’s dad did the same thing, even though he worked at his business 10 to 12 hours each day.

The only difference this year is my tiller has went the way of being totally unusable. That means I go back to the old way of putting my garden out. It means a few more hours each day and lots of aches and pains in the back and knees, but that won’t stop me from doing it this year.

Heck, it might be the last one I get to put out, so I will start in a few days as soon as I know the last frost has gone by.

Already the urge to do it now is strong, and I just cannot wait until that first time my shovel digs down into the soil. I really have not decided how I will arrange the planting this year, so I will just let that plan fall into place.

There were not too many people putting out gardens in the last few years. But take it from me, it is one of the best ways to learn the ways of how to plant food that is good for you. If enough is grown, your friends will one day decide to join and put out their own garden.

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