I enjoy watching the cycle/development of plants. I also enjoy being outdoors and being able to give produce. My current garden is near Goshen Hospital. I have enjoyed talking to staff and patient families outside for a break. I’ve heard many interesting stories/situations.
I have always gardened. I grew up with my grandmother who had a large garden.
I grow a large amount of rhubarb because I have friends who live in situations where having a garden is not possible. I always grow strawberries, raspberries, asparagus, kale/lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, onions, squash, cucumbers, and beans. This year I also grew garlic. And I also enjoy growing spring-flowering bulbs, hellebores, hosta, and sedum.
Having good soil (or making it), unobstructed sun, and a water source are the beginning. Being able to follow through on a long-term project is also important. Planting is easy. You have to stick with it through the weeding, watering, watching for disease/insects, harvesting, and composting. Just having fun is part of being a good gardener, too!
My wife and I decided to raise more tomatoes than usual this year. Our plan is to give the tomatoes to hospital workers. Haven’t figured out the logistics, but ready to give it a try. We’ll also place fresh veggies in the ‘Love Shack’ along Sixth Street. Anything that supports other people and shows solidarity with their present situation.
Writing, editing, and photography by Scott Weisser and Neil King
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