Gut Rumbles

April 20, 2003

no garden this year

My mama has grown a garden for more than twenty years. Like me, she comes from a long line of farmers, and we LIKE playing in the dirt. Usually, I haul my tiller over to her house and plow the garden for her in the spring. She didn't ask me to do that this year.

She's 72 years old. She taught me how to compost and how to grow green beans. She'll probably get a lot of cherry tomatoes growing by themselves this year, but she's not putting out the squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans that she's always done before. She says that she's just too old for that stuff anymore.

She asked me if I was going to plant a garden this year. I told her, "no." I'm going to disappoint some neighbors, because everything I grew last year I gave away, and I'm not going to do that again this year. I'm not too old for it, but I don't have a reason to do it anymore. I don't have a family to feed from my garden and that crap is a lot of work.

Two years ago, I had a half-acre busting at the seams with corn, beans, tomatoes, squash, zuchini, potatoes and cantelopes. I took a WHEELBARROW out there when I picked things and I usually FILLED IT UP before I rolled it back to the house. I really liked doing that back then. It's just not the same anymore.

I'll miss farming. But I won't miss it a lot.

Shit. Kroger's farms for me now.


Rob, if thats the way you feel, don't go backpackin, take a car.

Posted by: Jim T. on April 20, 2003 09:02 PM

I haven't had a garden in so many years I've lost count. I used to help my grandfather, who had as much as two acres tilled. At one point I raised strawberries. We always had a garden at my house when I was growing up, too, and my other grandfather among other things did farm work. A lot of the family was involved in cranberry harvests too, when they still used dry picking.

If I had a house and enough land for a little veggie plot, I would probably have a garden, even if small, just for fun.

Posted by: Jay Solo on April 20, 2003 09:47 PM

This is the first spring I'm not going to have a garden, either. I had a 2500 sq. ft. one in Missouri that took every spare hour of my time. Here in Hawai'i - where things would no doubt grow amazingly fast and lush - I'm just not interested in it. (Although I did plant 4 papaya trees yesterday.)

Posted by: Venomous Kate on April 21, 2003 12:29 AM
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