- Posted April 21, 2012 by
San Jose, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
From garden to table
A Grandparents Legacy
Since a toddler I would visit my grandparents every summer. It was a huge culture shock, coming from Oahu HI to San Jose CA. The one thing that stayed with me throughout the years was my grandparents garden. Gramma would plant all the flowers and keep the yard pretty while grandpa plants the veggies and mows the lawn (diamond cut pattern, just like a baseball field). Well, gramma also did veggies, but not so much as to leave grandpa with nothing to do. Both would maintain their garden together, both front and back of the house. I think the house was featured on Home & Garden once as well. My fondness memories of my summer visits were mostly of helping them maintain the garden, then relishing in the spoils of my (their) hard work! Salsa, salads, roasted corn, veggie dishes that I never even imagined! Needless to say, I grew to love veggies early on in my childhood.
Now I'm back in San Jose and I'm trying to get my life/career situated. Since I finally have a place with a huge yard, I decided to take on the challenge of piecing together the teachings of my childhood. Though I remember very little, the internet has an abundance of information for me to get started. I'm starting small. Well, at least what I think is small. This Earthday challenge is what sparked my interest and brought back memories. I hope to report the spoils of my (yes MY) hard work within the coming weeks!
In the garden bed is tomatoes (big boy, yellow/red cherry), green bell pepper, basil, and zucchini. You can't see it but I also planted some rosemary to the right of the garden bed, in an elevated bed. I plan to start various other veggies/herbs from seed in the coming days.