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The Most Important Garden Pass-Along

By grannysgarden
August 24, 2015

We often refer to an heirloom plant as a pass-along. These are very dear to us, but there is an even more important garden pass-along, which is the garden practices and garden knowledge we adhere to in our own gardens.

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Name: tk
Springfield OR (Zone 8a)

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Aug 23, 2015 6:25 PM CST
What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing
Name: Betty
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Aug 23, 2015 7:23 PM CST
You wrote a wonderful article, full of pass-along knowledge.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
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Name: Becky
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Aug 23, 2015 7:50 PM CST
I agree That was a terrific story!

I garden at the school I work at with my class. It is one of their favorite lessons of the entire year. Thumbs up
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Name: Elaine
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Aug 23, 2015 8:38 PM CST
I volunteer at the local elementary school where we have a garden. It truly is a great feeling to know I've "passed along" a bit of knowledge every week to some kids who may or may not get another chance to garden in their lives.

Please, if you live in the South where we can garden through a lot of the school year, take some time to find out if your local school has a garden, and sign up to volunteer there. You'll be amazed what you can teach a bunch of kids, and also what you'll learn! We learned early on that kids in Florida don't know how to put on gloves - well, it's not cold enough to need them very often here . . . Hilarious!

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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Aug 23, 2015 9:35 PM CST
Nicely written, entertaining and informative article. Thanks for passing it along.

8-24 I think I left out the most important adjective.

I should also have said it was a very heartfelt article.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Aug 24, 2015 8:48 AM CST
Really wonderful article! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!

Name: Rick Corey
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Aug 24, 2015 11:10 AM CST
Thanks for sharing your family gardening history! I envy your roots.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Aug 24, 2015 11:44 AM CST
Bonnie, reading your story was a wonderful treat! Took me back to my childhood. How fortunate you were to have a mother who answered all your questions. I loved the part about the worms Smiling And I also really liked the part about cutting the top and bottom off the cans, then smashing and burying them.
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Name: Stan
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Aug 24, 2015 1:54 PM CST
Thank You!

Ohhhhh, the memories that just came flooding back into my mind.
I'm going to need to go home and play in the dirt now. Just saying Whistling

Have a great day I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Linda
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Aug 24, 2015 3:45 PM CST
Lovey dubby Thank you for sharing those wonderful memories with all of us. Your mother was truly a treasure. So many of the kids today are missing out on the things you learned. Crying
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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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Aug 24, 2015 5:15 PM CST
What a wonderful, true story. Your mother was a loving and patient woman. God bless her!
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Aug 24, 2015 5:51 PM CST
Loved your story, especially the parts about the fresh chicken litter and digging up dirt under the oak trees. We used to go riding of
a Sunday afternoon when I was growing up (back when gas was about 20 cents a gallon or less) and we never passed a patch of
woods without Granny saying, "Stop so I can get some woods dirt." We always traveled with a cardboard box and a shovel in the
trunk. Now I know why she wanted woods dirt so badly. She kept chickens, too, and I can truthfully say that there is no part of
a chicken that goes to waste!

Great memory chains you rattled by this advice! Thank you.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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Aug 29, 2015 4:12 AM CST
That was a wonderful read, thankyou Bonnie!
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Name: NancyN
Massachusetts (Zone 7a)
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Aug 29, 2015 6:32 AM CST
What a lovely story. Thank you so much for sharing.
"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Lewis Carroll

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