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Lavanda
Feb 24, 2014 4:15 PM CST
What are your earliest gardening or plant
memories ?
At our ranchiito we do NOT keep bees.
They and other critters grace us with their presence, and we provide for their need to the best of our abilities.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Feb 24, 2014 7:03 PM CST
My Mom wouldn't let me mess with the vegetables or flowers. I assumed that she thought I would damage them, but now I suspect that gardening helped keep her sane.

I got to mow, rake, turn the garden soil in spring, and add leaves and turn the soil in fall.

When I grew up a little, I started a compost heap instead of burning . But it didn't break down much for a few years. It was mostly pine needles and I never turned or watered it or added "greens". (I knew that the lawn soil badly needed any help it could get, so I left the lawn clippings on the lawn whenever I could).

Then, one year, I got the idea of watering, turning, providing some N and even countering the acidity with lime. Whumpf! A big, tall pile rapidly collapsed into a few wheelbarrows of compost.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Feb 24, 2014 7:44 PM CST
Rick, I had a compost aha moment too!

I found a local supplier that composted Fall leaves from nearby Bridgewater Hamlet.

The discovery resulted in a pile (12 yards) of several hundred wheelbarrows of sifted compost:)

Actually, I am not sure how many wheelbarrows are in 12 Cubic Yards of compost?

This was not a one time occurrence. With a good tractor, 12 yards is peanuts!
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Name: David Reaves
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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david_reaves
Feb 24, 2014 8:13 PM CST
My first memory of gardening is when I was five. We lived in a tiny country town in north Arkansas where my Mom and Dad were school teachers. The older couple next door (mid 50s to late 60s) took care of me during the day. I was so proud when I got to wear a carpenter's apron (I didn't know what that was) with corn on one side and beans on the other. I got to go to each hill and drop two kernels of corn and three beans in every hole. Later that year I helped shuck and strip the kernels off the cob. They actually saved the corncobs for the farm outhouse (the house had a toilet). They hulled the corn for hominy with lye. I got to help swirl the corn around in the washtub once most of the red was rinsed out. Since then I have always loved eating hominy!

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Feb 24, 2014 11:04 PM CST
>> 12 Cubic Yards of compost

Hmm, wheelbarrows seem to run 3-8 cubic FEET. Let's go with "3" because a lot of gardeners don't have bulging biceps or huge yards.

12 cubic yards x 27 cu ft / cu yd = 324 cu ft.
324 / 3 = 108 small wheelbarrow loads.

Or, if you have a 6 cubic foot wheelbarrow, 54 arm-wrenching loads!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Feb 25, 2014 12:23 AM CST
I think I was around 5 and I wanted to help plant potatoes with my grandparents, but they wouldn't let me, and I remember I was so upset gran had to appease me by telling me I could help when they were dug by picking up the small potatoes. Smiling
TX (Zone 8a)
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Lavanda
Feb 25, 2014 8:42 AM CST
Awwww Mcash, wonder why they wouldnt let you plant ?

But look at you now ! Drooling Smiling Drooling
At our ranchiito we do NOT keep bees.
They and other critters grace us with their presence, and we provide for their need to the best of our abilities.
TX (Zone 8a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Bluebonnets
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Lavanda
Feb 25, 2014 8:49 AM CST
My earliest memories, and I cherish them, are of
being about two years old.

One is of being on our front porch, looking intently
at a bleeding heart vine.

The other is of being outside sitting on the ground
and helping my Mom plant daffodil bulbs.
At our ranchiito we do NOT keep bees.
They and other critters grace us with their presence, and we provide for their need to the best of our abilities.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Feb 25, 2014 9:33 AM CST
Lavanda, it was a huge potato field and I would probably have just slowed them down. Hilarious!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 25, 2014 9:45 AM CST
My grandparents had a small farm. I spent time there as a child and my first garden memories are of my grandmother's bank of pink and purple creeping phlox in bloom. I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. Lovey dubby
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Feb 25, 2014 4:57 PM CST
I never actually "did" any gardening as a child, but I very much remember my Mom's beautiful gardens...and eating tomatoes,beans and peas right off the plants. And I was banned from checking on and picking the raspberries....4 for ME and 1 for the bucket Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 25, 2014 5:00 PM CST
Frank, I was curious so I looked it up. About 10 loads of a full size wheel barrow to the cubic yard.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 25, 2014 5:59 PM CST
Heh, gingin, I still have that same problem picking peas. Most of them end up in my mouth! And do I really NEED that salt shaker when I'm out collecting cherry tomatoes? Hilarious!
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Feb 25, 2014 7:39 PM CST
Watching Grandma Carrie Lou sitting on her small Cracker cottage front porch snapping beans with her 2 sisters; Wealthy Ann (Her real name) and Alice came first into my mind....................They would all have 3 conversations going on, on the porch at the same time, and somehow seemed to understand and get along. Aunt Wealthy Ann would be grinding her teeth and moving her lips while Grandma was talking;... just waiting to to say her thoughts which had little to do with what Grandma or Alice had just said! Yet it worked, and they worked together and loved each other. They were raised together in very rural Florida beginnings right here in Central Florida.
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Now,
Grandma was out there in the 5 acre fields in the back (whole property was only 10) and with a Grandfather who had an early stroke at 47 who dragged a left leg but could always crank up the old lawnmower engine well to irrigate the rows of incredible veggies. There was alway an acre off to the side that was Sugar Cane.

The place was absolutely Magical to me the first and only Grandchild who lived right through the woods and around the corner on Bennett Lane. This road was named for them as they were and are the early settlers in what is now Ormond Beach Florida, and were poling down the rivers before civilization evolved, lived through Malaria in the area, and since the very early 1800's. The property was deeded to them from the old Spanish territorial maps as 'Frog Eye' in translation.

Grandpa and his father also worked as groundsmen for the Rockefellers when the 'Casements' (an historical building in Ormond) and did landscaping in their earlier years.

Before Grandpa died when I was 12, and as I watched the ambulance come up old dirt road Bennett Lane walking to the bus stop, I ran to see what was happening. There was Grandpa with his face down in his morning plate of fatty lard based grits with bacon drippings and Grandmas incredible fluffy lard biscuits. Grandma said to me, "Honey, you just stay out there. Your Grandpa just passed"; with tears in her eyes. That was the only time I ever saw my Grandmother show that kind of emotion. This is a woman who still used an outhouse even in the 60's and the same one who taught me to carry a little flashlight out to that outhouse with a stick by the backdoor to knock down the Banana Spider webs that always were redeveloped every night over the door of the outhouse. Hard to believe? Its a fact.

Back it the days when Fireflies still lit up early Summer nights it was magical to me.

Grandpa collected a lot of plants and beyond his Citrus grove of 60 or more trees (which they also sold back in those days to help make a living) loved his incredible Rose collection, Cannas, and many tropicals gleaned from the refuge and leftovers of his hard working landscaping days and from cuttings from the Rockefellers! Thats kind of neat to me!

This is where my love of gardening came from. When the lawnmower engine irrigation well was pumping water up the rows of corn, tomatoes, beans, Okra and on we go, Grandma and Grandpa allowed me the freedom to just play as their first grandchild. I would take a tiny toy boat and set it in the water as it started rolling down through the rows, while Grandma was weeding. She was so hard working, and taking up even then for Grandpas stroke and lack of abilities.

This is peaceful. These are the memories that keep me having love in my heart. This I believe is why I grow.

This is why and where I loved gardening. Smiling
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Name: Greene
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greene
Feb 25, 2014 11:24 PM CST
Two early memories.
First, from age 3-4, I can clearly see in my minds eye the garden that my immigrant grandparents had created in their Pennsylvania back yard. On the left vegetables. On the right more vegetables with flowers nearer to the house. Running down the center of the yard was a narrow brick footpath. I can see poppies, a rose bush, an Easter lily. Potatoes, tomatoes, onions. I was not allowed to step off the path to touch the plants.

Fast forward to age...7 approximately. I visit my friends house. She has strict parents and my friend can not leave the house to play until she has finished reading for one hour. But my friend's mother says, "I was just about to divide the Grape Hyacinths; you are welcome to help if you'd like."

Whoa! Heck yes! I was down on my knees in front of the flower bed where Mrs A showed me how to gently dig up the tiny bulbs, separate the and replant the. She explained that is how to get more plants for free. I was dirty. I was happy. I was hooked!

Another day Mrs A showed me how to pinch Coleus plants. This is easy for me to remember as I was bitten by a spider while pinching the plants. She showed me how to prune the roses, the forsythia, wisteria, and more.

My children read AND get dirty - it's a win-win situation. Thanks Mrs A!

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Lavanda
Feb 26, 2014 7:51 AM CST
greene said:Two early memories.

My children read AND get dirty - it's a win-win situation. Thanks Mrs A!



This really deserves two thumbs up - one for reading and one for getting dirty !

Thank You! Hurray! Lovey dubby

Nothin like a well-balanced life !

Thank God I'm a country girl ! <3


At our ranchiito we do NOT keep bees.
They and other critters grace us with their presence, and we provide for their need to the best of our abilities.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 26, 2014 7:55 AM CST
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Feb 26, 2014 10:36 AM CST
Hmmm, I have to say my earliest memories would be my grandparents large garden in Southeast Michigan. I think I was maybe four or five?? I remember harvesting the corn. It was hand picked and loaded into a wheel barrow. I remember sitting out the back door shucking either for canning or freezing.

The other thing I remember about my grandparents garden was being so excited to visit in the summer because I always got to pick some Gladiola stems to take home!!

My mother also gardened. But I don't have much memory of that until high school. I remember the square foot gardens she had. And I remember never wanting to go out and help! LOL!! I do remember so enjoying living off cucumbers and tomato sandwiches in the summer! And fresh lettuce. EXCEPT the time I was down to my last bite. I held the bowl up to my mouth and went to scoop the last bits into my mouth! And what did I see but a small slug scootching its way towards my mouth! Rolling on the floor laughing
Of course as a teenager I was hysterical!

I know my mom also had flower gardens too. And I have a vague memory of helping her build a round bed out in the back yard. But for the life of me I cannot picture a single flower that went into it.

I also remember spending summers in Northern Michigan when my grandparents moved up there. Never will I forget helping my in my uncle's cherry orchards, picking cherries with the dew still on them and it running all the way down my arms, sides, and into the waist of my shorts. Oh and getting paid 50 cents labor per lug! Rolling on the floor laughing I thought it was big money!

Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Mar 1, 2014 3:19 PM CST
Very first thing I can remember -- two and a half years old -- outside, playing in the dirt, pulling petals off flowers, eating flowers and dirt and bugs, barefoot, fascinated by a big fat bumble bee, stepped on the bee, and the OMG wholly *^&$%!#* burning PAIN that seared my brain into memorable consciousness!!!
Later, I learned to read...
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Mar 1, 2014 3:55 PM CST
@dirtdorphins,
Some people would have a hard time believing that a 2 1/2 year old can remember things, but I agree as my own brother remembered playing in the sand next to the kitchen door.

As he was getting ready for school one day, he told this memory to his parents (I wasn't born yet). My parents were amazed because the sand in this memory was at the house in Florida where they were living when he was very small. My mother remembered the sand as she could not plant flowers in that sand and longed for a garden like her parents had.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

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