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My wife and I used to work for a seed company after I retired and after the season was over, we would take the extra seeds with us on our travels and scatter them out the window of our truck. We left some pretty hills.
More pictures coming of my garden, back in Iowa.
This is our home after we moved out of our mansion in the country, but the kids were all moved out and now I finaly had time for my new hobby of raising flowers and vegtables. (Now a little advice). I did not like mowing grass. If you can not eat it, why grow it? But I found that a garden takes three times more work, but I really enjoyed getting my hands in the dirt. There is something there that takes the stress out of life. Nothing like getting your hands in the dirt. Ask any gardener.
This was the back yard of our house in Iowa. As you can see we are just getting a start with our flower and vegtable garden. We had a garage that had a overhead door in the front and back, and that is where we kept most of our garden supplies. I built the two fences. The 4x4's laying on the ground were full of tulips, crocus, etc for the spring, then I added summer flowers. We had a lot of Peonie bushes, which were very pretty. (You can not grow them in Phoenix). We also had Lilac bushes, which put alot of perfume in the air in the spring.
Picture looking into the back yard. As you can see I was into Marigolds. At this time I was just learning about flowers, etc. My son Randy, gave me a weeping willow tree, which you can see in the background. Way in back is the vegtable garden.
This was a side garden. I had cabbage that you could hardly put your arms around, 3 kinds of Lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, beets, eating onions, peas, beans, carrots, etc. In the back corner was my compost pile, which sometimes got to be 15 feet tall. I had Black Rasberry bushes next to the pile and they were really delicious. We had a neighbor that lived behind us and they had a crab apple tree They gave me all the apples and we made Jelly out of them.
Upper Left - Canned Pickels (Dills, Sweet, chips, etc) Canned Tomatoes. (Sauce, sliced, Marinated, Peeled, etc)
Upper Right - Cucumbers and Tomatoes by the bunch.
Lower Left - Walkway to parking, Peonie Bushes, Daffodils, and barrels full of flowers along the drive.
Lower Right - Dutch windmill, Trellis seating area and for climbing roses. Flowers in beds to the right.
Lower Left - Cukes, Tomatoes, Zucchini, etc. Have you ever eaten deep fat fried zucchini?? yum! We also grew horshradish as big as your arm. also red rubarb for pies, etc. Grew 5 types of green beans. Grew two types of peas and canned same. We canned about everything. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, eating onions and bulb onions of 3 colors.
Lower Right - Sheet of our Strawberries for eating, Jams and
More to come.....