What Grows in Your Garden?

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard

Do you have a garden or maybe just a tomato plant in a big pot out on the deck? If you don’t have a garden now, have you grown a garden in the past? 

We used to grow a huge garden and I would can and freeze dozens of quarts and pints of beans, corn, zucchini, tomatoes, and more. Come winter, that food tasted fine and kept the grocery bill down too. We still have a garden, but now our son and his wife grow and harvest most of the vegetables. We just don’t need as much as we used to when we had more mouths around our table. 

So we let them have most of our garden space and get to enjoy the extra benefit of seeing the grandkids gathering their own food and learning how that food grows. When the kids are little, they enjoy picking peppers and tomatoes, even beans.

As they get older, they’re not quite as thrilled about the prospect of picking a basket of beans or wading out in a wet garden to pick tomatoes that need picking, rain or no. They have enjoyed the watermelon and cantaloupe this year. Fun vegetables to grow and this year we beat the raccoons to them.  

I don’t care what anybody says: Nothing is better than a tomato you grow. There’s something about it that’s different than a tomato you can buy. It’s a great thing. ~Tom Vilsack
I think that’s true for everything you grow. It’s just better when you’ve paid in sweat for what you eat. What’s your favorite vegetable to grow? Oh, and I like having a row of flowers on the edge of the garden to harvest and enjoy too. The zinnias have done great this year.
Tell me what you’ve enjoyed most growing in your gardens.