The Simple Life



There are many types of gardens. There are large ones that take up an entire yard and there are some that consist of only a few plants in pots on the front porch.

I remember the garden my grandparent’s had when I was growing up. They grew eggplant which was purple. Purple being my favorite color, I just knew I’d like eggplant. Wrong. It may have a pretty package, but I just didn’t care for the fried eggplant my grandmother served.

There were also peas that had to be shelled. I remember my sisters and grandparents gathered around, each with a bowl in our laps. The pea pods would be in plastic grocery sacks and we’d have to pull them out, split them open and drop the peas in the bowl. If it was the purple hull peas, you’d have purple fingers before you were through. They also had three pecan trees and we had to collect the nuts, crack them and then pick out the pieces of shell.

I did have my favorite – strawberries. We certainly didn’t mind helping to pick those. I’m absolutely certain more of those berries made it into our stomachs than into the house. Grandma would always yell at papaw to make sure we washed the strawberries off before eating them. We rarely did.

I have at times had small gardens of my own. With the help of my husband, I’ve grown tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos and cucumbers. I do have a rather large backyard where I live now, but putting in a garden would be impossible. A shed sits in the middle of the yard towards the back fence. On one side of it is a shaded area that receives little sun. In front of that area is a gate to allow vehicle access. On the other side of the shed is our burn pile.

The only feasible places for a garden would be an area in the middle of my yard between the back porch and the shed, or an area in front of the burn pile to one side of the yard. That last spot might work if I didn’t have a dog. Unfortunately, I’m afraid he’d just dig out of the dirt anything I planted in it anyway.

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