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Are You My Cousin?: Gardening--Welcome to Turtledeck Farms!

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gardening--Welcome to Turtledeck Farms!

My First Tomatoes

This is a fun posting. Anyone who knew my grandfather, James Lester Howard, could attest to the fact that he loved to garden. He didn't just have a little garden for himself and his family. He had a garden for all of Greensboro. Well, at least it seemed like it when I had to shell the butter beans. Personally, I wanted nothing to do with the garden. It had bugs in it and I just did not like most of what was growing out there. My favorite vegetable was the corn from which I collected the corn worms in old jars. I learned early that corn worms do not make good pets. During our trips to Grandmom's and Grandad's, Mom and I had a deal that I would not have to actually eat the butter beans as long as I helped shell them. I shelled a lot of butter beans in my young life.

I do believe that Grandaddy would be proud of me today. I have my first garden (on a much, much smaller scale) where I've grown lettuce, green onions, tomatoes, peppers, squash and okra. Yes, I ate the tomatoes and am eagerly awaiting more. I have 6 plants! You will notice the absence of a certain bean! I doubt this is a genetic inheritance, but family history and tradition apparently run deep.


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