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Gardening can be Great Family Fun

Gardening can be Great Family FunEver since I was a little girl I loved gardening. In fact as long as I can remember I was planting things. My earliest memories of gardening were of me and my brother helping a landlord when we were around 7 or 8 years old with tomatoes and callaloo (Jamaican version of spinach). Not only did we have fun helping him to water the plants and pick the tomatoes when they were ready, but he gave us both a small patch for ourselves. After a few months we made money selling from our little gardens to neighbors – wow, what a pleasant memory.

Years later our family moved but the gardening bug was already planted – yeah, corny, but true. Henry (my brother) and I went back to our planting to raise some pocket money. Tomatoes were a breeze and we did well. Over the years I have continued planting, not just vegetables but also flowers. I have a passion for roses and orchids. Sadly after the birth of my son almost five years ago my flower garden died somewhat as my DH didn’t want me doing too much.

Nonetheless, over the period I have planted and reaped vegetables such as pumpkin, tomatoes and peppers. Last year for the first time my son got involved. What a treat we had working together. Of course the dear husband got jealous and decided to help, so we delegated him to watering.

This year we are just about ready to start, and J more so than anyone. The land has been prepared and the seeds purchased. So far we have cucumber, lettuce, corn, pumpkin, carrots, sweet pepper and broccoli all ready, but will also add some hot peppers as well. I am working on doing a small herb patch as well. We had planned on doing some planting last weekend but we didn’t get around to it. My son decided to draw his tomato and pumpkin since he wasn’t able to do the real thing.

Since last year I couldn’t remember what I planted where, so dear husband will be making cards so we can mark the spots where we plant. So, come this weekend we will be getting down and dirty. I also plan on pruning back the grape vine. Last year for the first time we had grapes to eat – they were tiny and tart but still enjoyable. Now to get some research done on growing grapes so that the next batch will be better – I will never have enough for wine, though.

I’m also going to tackle my ‘jungle’ of a flower garden as well in the coming weeks. Lots of pruning and repotting but it will be welcome fun in the sun. As they say, spring is in the air – lots of flowers everywhere.

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