Somewhere between a farm and a hard place

We spent the weekend with the in-laws, never a perfect experience but almost always educational.

They are a great example of what one can garden with a small plot in your backyard, with a super tiny greenhouse and a formidable compost that is always being added to in the back corner.

They garden things that are pretty typical for this culture: potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, apples, peaches, apricots, red currants, black currants, raspberries, carrots, zucchini, kohlrabi, mint, marjoram and another herb with which I am unfamiliar: Lemon Balm. The funny thing for me though is that all of the herbs are used for tea rather than for cooking, not that that isn’t a bad idea but I would think you could utilize mint & marjoram at the very least for something other than just tea. Maybe that’s just me.

Here’s the center of the plot with small 11-year old digging for potatoes. You can still see the weeds and strawberries in the foreground which I will clean and turn the next day:

Is this NOT what an 11-year old should be doing? Digging around in the dirt, playing with worms, halving slugs, stripping apple branches, composting, having fun and mining for golden nuggets which will be a part of his dinner that night and the next?


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