From Texas Farm Girl to Urban Gardener

July 28, 2010 | By | Comments (1)

I-phone 341 I grew up in Texas,
the daughter and granddaughter of farmers. And until I was eight years old, we
lived in a dusty little west Texas
town. (When I say dusty, I mean my mom used to stuff towels at the base of our
exterior doors to keep sand from blowing in the house.) Just beyond the wood
fence that wrapped around our back yard was nothing but fields—one of my
grandfather’s farms—except for the calf pen we had off to the right side of the

Papa’s farm
behind our house, like all of the properties he and my dad farmed, was planted
mostly with cotton in the summer and wheat in the winter. But a small part of
the land was always reserved for planting an edible garden: beans, peas,
watermelon, and the like. And in the summers we worked on the farms, moving
irrigation pipes (this was before it became motorized) and walking the rows
with a hoe in hand—we earned twenty-five cents per row. But the big bucks came
at the end of the summer when my sisters and I harvested food from the farm,
loaded it into our little red wagon and walked the neighborhood selling our
spoils by the bushel!

I’ve wanted to
plant a garden in my backyard for as long as I can remember but never have
until this year. Ironically, I’m one of the last to the party for the latest
trend: urban gardening. On Mother’s Day my son and I planted our first seeds.
He picked carrots, corn, cantaloupe, and watermelon for his crops. I planted
beans, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, radishes, beets, and some herb
. We also planted blueberry bushes and a peach tree. And tending the garden
has become our summer project.

I-phone 342So far I’ve only
killed a few things: the tarragon and chives are goners. And apparently summer
in Alabama is
too hot to grow patty pan squash. But I’ve eaten 3 peppers and a few cherry
tomatoes that we grew! I’ll be checking in occasionally in the next few weeks
with reports from my garden and share recipes they inspire. My pictures here show how things
look today.

Editor's note: If Julie's garden inspires, check out these stories for more on do-it-yourself gardens:

Start a Community Garden

Herb Gardening 101

Three Easy Plants Every Cook Can Grow


  1. symontofel

    i congras her for doing this kind of working.
    if u want to do this kind of task you need to know about health & farm related. information….
    if you need more you can visit this website…..

    June 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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