Gardening with Mom and Dad

Here is a photo of the awesome Southern Utah dirt in my parent’s backyard.

awesome_dirt

I kept asking if I could bring some home but they just gave 3 huge boxes to my sister and her husband and you can only spare a few hundred pounds a year, yo. But, I better be next! I just want my tomatoes to taste as good as my Dads. Oh ho ho yum! I think it’s the iron in the soil. And, they sent me home with tons of delicious nutrients and treatments for our soil. No real complaints here. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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Every spring, my parents plan out their garden, including the greenhouse, for optimal growth and beauty. It usually starts like this:

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Here is Joe pouring over the plans for all the beds and deciding which set of seeds he wanted to plant. He chose the tomatillos.

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Alex chose Brussel Sprouts among others.

brusselsprouts

Tony did the Snapdragons. I’ve always thought the planters were just the right height but maybe a tad too wide. I have a hard time reaching the center rows.

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This is what my dad does to dandelions. If you are a dandelion – watch out!

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My dad showed me how to work the pull-swing. It’s hanging from a walnut tree he planted only about 15 years ago.

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In the front yard on the north side, my dad has a flower garden with some paving stones.

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It’s covered with moss and a soft spotty blanket of purple hyacinth with tulips interspersed.

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This ivy-covered stump was once my favorite cherry tree where I hid and read books all summer.

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This apple pear* tree is only about 5 years old but it bears some nice fruit. *thanks, mom!

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There is no place like home.

home

A complete photo set here.