Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fruitful Living

Growing up in rural Brampton I was never really introduced to the idea of growing your own food.  I had heard of people with vegetable gardens; but, the idea was simply foreign to me.  I guess as a child and teenager I just thought "why go through all that trouble when you can run to the store?".
That thinking changed when I started dating my husband.  He comes from a long line of family members that grew their own fruits and vegetables.  None had a farm; but, they had gardens in their backyards growing anything from strawberries, potatoes, beans and corn to squash, rhubarb and more.  When my husband and I finally bought our first home he was determined that we too would have our own garden. I don't have much of a green thumb; or at least I didn't.  That quickly changed when I realized how wonderful pulling fresh tomatoes out of the garden for a salad or a burger could be.  Our garden has grown from a few tomato plants to include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, beans, garlic, red onions, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes and 7 varieties of peppers!

The above photo was taken earlier this week.  Last year, my in-laws, gave Mr. Twingle and I three of the new shoots from their raspberry plants.  While we did get berries last year, they were few and far between. This year; however, we have about 20 new shoots of our own and the 3 bushes from last year are ready to start picking.

The other great thing about having your own vegetable and fruit garden is that your kids will take an interest too.  Each spring, the twins help us decide what vegetables to plant.  Pretty, who "hates beggies", will eat lettuce picked out of the garden.  I've even caught her eating a bean or too even though she denies it!  Boo will pick broccoli off the stock himself for a snack while out playing in the yard.  As for the berries, Mr. Twingle and I are lucky if we get any as the kids DEVOUR them.  I don't think I got a single one of this years strawberries as the twins were out in the yard every morning looking for ripened berries to pick and eat.

1 comment:

  1. Good Job!!

    There's nothing like Garden-Fresh food...Yummy

    Sandie lee