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Team First Generation or Second-Generation Gardener?

By Trish
August 14, 2011

I've been thinking a lot about the word "heritage" lately. This week's Team Article explores if part of your heritage is a gardening one.

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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Aug 19, 2011 7:54 PM CST
My heritage includes communal gardening. All my ancestors of record gardened of necessity, raising fruits and veggies for the common good. Once in this country (from 1843 on), they continued communal life. Not only did they raise food on a large scale for the whole commune, they also gardened at home. There were no lawns, only gardens surrounding all the houses. Shade trees and vines other than grapes were considered frivilous. My wife and I still grow vegetable varieties brought from Germany in the 1840s. We've established a seed bank to keep these wonderful varieties from vanishing.


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Cabbages and pole beans


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Tending onions


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Making sauerkraut
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Aug 20, 2011 6:49 PM CST

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Very very cool, Larry!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Aug 20, 2011 8:17 PM CST
VERY cool, Larry. Love those pics, too.

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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
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LarryR
Aug 21, 2011 8:06 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thanks Trish and Shoe!
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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