Cherished memories of gardening
August 3, 2009
by Pam Fiecke

Every year, most of us long for the simple pleasure of a garden. The welcoming sight of spring flowers, rhubarb, the taste of homegrown vegetables, and even the scent of a freshly mowed lawn.

Most often, we find ourselves reminiscing to friends and family about our tasty homegrown vegetables and fruits.

Unfortunately, some of us may take for granted the wonderful treats we were blessed with every day throughout the summer and fall.

The endless ears of sweet corn we smother in salt and butter, hundreds of crunchy cucumbers made into pickles, cucumber salads, and relish.

The sun-ripened tomatoes, onions that bring a tear to your eyes, bright bell peppers, radishes, and earth-scented potatoes.

Crisp green and yellow beans, squash smothered with butter and brown sugar, bright orange pumpkins soon to be carved, carrots, and rows of ruffled leaf lettuce adorn the garden.

For our own “snacking-right-out-of-the-garden” pleasure, we have fresh peas, cherry tomatoes, and sun-sweet strawberries.

All the many long hours we tend to our gardens; hoeing, weeding, and watering. Every summer as our gardens flourish we take pride in providing fresh wholesome produce, not only for our families, but also for friends and neighbors.

The cherished memories and the gift of love of nature is a true experience in itself.