By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at 6:29 am in Gardens.
Every spring, my wife Lois and I plant a backyard garden. We think gardening is a lot of fun and we enjoy harvesting and eating the vegetables and fruits we produce. Besides, working in the garden is also good therapy after a hard day (and week!) at the office.
This year we think we produced our best garden, ever, and we’d like to share it with you.
We’re growing strawberries, herbs for cooking, pumpkins (for eating and Halloween carving), acorn squash, zucchini, three kinds of eggplant (green goddess, lilac, Ichiban), four kinds of tomatoes, (romas, black krims, green zebras, cherry), cucumbers, three kinds of beans (Kentucky blue beans, bush beans, Chinese long beans), and artichokes.
We also grow sunflowers — the 12 foot tall mammoth variety — just for fun.
The sunflowers also distract the local fox squirrels and keeps them from focusing on (and eating!) our vegetables. When the sunflower seeds are ready, the squirrels climb to the tops of the sunflowers, hang upside down by their hind feet and nibble away on the tasty seed treats.
OOPS! I’m sorry, this isn’t our backyard garden! This is a photograph of a Panamanian rain forest I took while we were visiting Panama a couple of years ago. My bad. /Gary