Walking around in my backyard this drab, damp January I found myself standing where we once tended a large garden.
The now grass covered spot is slightly lower than the rest of the yard from years of tilling and digging.
It was a bountiful garden in its heyday producing sweet corn, pumpkins, green peppers, carrots, radishes, tomatoes and mint.
We once had two pumpkins that weighed in at more than 100 pounds. We gave up on the radishes because the soil did not suit them and the little devils were not a bit tasty. The fresh sweet corn was always an August treat. I can recall one year the green pepper plants kept producing wonderful peppers deep into November in defiance of the coming winter.
The garden was a lot of work, but the great vegetables it produced was worth it.
But, after a few years, the manner and pace of life changed. The decision was made to abandon the garden. I gave away the roto-tiller, stashed the bunny fences in the basement and sowed grass seed in the garden plot.
Now my memories of the colorful garden brighten this gray winter’s day.
Perhaps your thoughts are drifting to seed and soil at this time of year, too. But, maybe your yard isn’t suited to having a vegetable garden, or maybe you feel you do not know enough to get started. If so, I recommend you look into participating in the community garden the city of Groveport hopes to have in place for planting in this spring.
Additionally, Joe Stewart, vice chair of the Community Garden Committee, will teach participants the ins and outs of gardening. Topics include: All you need to know about the new Groveport Community Garden, soil preparation, planting orientation, concepts of square foot gardening vs. traditional row planting, buying or starting from seed, early crops, tools, organic fertilization, pest management, weed/composting perennial and annual weeds and more. This class is open to anyone interested in gardening. Groveport residents and non-residents are welcome. Classes will be from 7-8 p.m. on Feb. 23 and March 15 at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road. Register at the recreation center. Cost is $5. For information call (614) 836-1000.
- Rick Palsgrove, Southeast Editor, Jan. 26, 2012