Jim's Grandma D was an amazing woman. I could write an entire post about Grandma...and maybe someday I will. But for now, let's take a look at her garden...
I'm not sure exactly when this picture was taken, but it must be in the 1940's or 1950's. See the old car in the driveway? And there's only one silo by the barn...now there are two.
But look at that garden!
Grandma and Grandpa had five children, and that garden went a long way to feeding their family. I wish I knew what all was in there...I know there are lima beans and sweet corn, (and some tobacco plants as well), probably green beens, peas, and who knows what all else.
Now take a look at my PIDDLY garden...
It's in the same spot as Grandma's garden, but a mere fraction of the size! The white fence you see in the background is at the same place as the one in the picture. The road is behind me and the house is to the right. Much of her garden has been replaced by a chicken pen, a goat/calf pen, and lots of grass.
My green beans survived the rain last week and have now taken off growing...the zucchini has blossoms already... cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, potatoes, beets and onions are thriving. So were the weeds, until a few days ago! The far end of the garden is reserved for our favorite...lima beans! I'm hoping to plant them this afternoon or tomorrow.
The picture of Grandma's garden hangs in our kitchen...and in the heat of the summer when my garden feels huge (to me!) I can look at it and remember just how piddly it is! But it feeds our family...and fills our freezer and canning shelves...and that's what really matters!