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Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016

Winding Roads: Garden therapy time

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Spring is here! I do believe we have had sufficient rainfall to get all the crops, vegetables and flowers growing. I'm hoping to see five to six days of sun so I can watch Mother Nature turn on the colors.

Once snow has left, I'm always anxious to see the green grass and leaves on the trees come forth. This year has been a tedious one as once the rain began, it just didn't seem to want to stop. It certainly is good to replenish the soil for the coming growing season but golly, this is sufficient. Then of course the cold spell with snow really hurt the early flowers like the tulips.

Last fall, after our move to town, I transplanted many flowers and rose bushes from the farm to around our present home. For the last month, I impatiently waited for all of them to show signs of life. Only one rose bush has left me wondering whether it will make it. The earlier perennials seem to be growing including a couple of holly-hocks which I thought might bite the dust. My main concerns are the shasta and other types of daisies and the mums. I keep telling myself that it's too early to know whether they will live or not. Even the peony flowers are coming right along.

This past week I moved some lily of the valley, some more iris and some sedum which had originally began around my parents' home in southern Iowa, for sentimentality, I keep bringing it along. Little by little, I have hopes of bringing flowers to life around our new setting. I hope to plant them thick enough so few weeds can grow in between and hopefully, always have something in bloom.

We couldn't go to town without bringing some rhubarb. It's amazing how quickly it bursts out of the ground. I think I'll have sufficient amounts for rhubarb pies. Clarence threw one plant near an evergreen which I thought was out of place. His quick reply was that plant will be going to D.C. in three weeks so daughter can have some.

The other major planting he did was plant a straight strip of onion sets along the west side of the garage. I just about had a cow but let it go. We'll pull every-other one as they grow. We are planning on a couple of tomato plants too.

He brought into town some gear for a garden spot but it is uncertain where that will be. To complicate the matter, he needs to remain off one foot until the end of May so digging should be out of the question. We haven't agreed to where the garden spot should be anyway.

I would suspect many folks planted potatoes, cabbage and peas this past weekend. Whenever I see folks planting gardens, I fondly remember my Dad. He always had a huge garden---not because they were going to eat it all, he loved giving produce away. It was a fun activity for him. His garden would call him every morning and night and for a few minutes over the noon hour. He lovingly cared for it.

I think this is a good time to remind parents that a garden would do much for them. It provides a worthwhile activity for your children and lets them see how food is brought to the table. It also would save on your grocery bill. Let them plant and weed and pick. They can shell peas and snap beans. It will be the best money you spend as a garden can be a worthwhile family project. They may groan but in the long haul, they will be satisfied plus you will be building lasting memories. Give it a try!