Way back in the spring , Sarah, my next door neighbor, said to me, ” School is almost out and I’m going to be sooo bored with nothing to do all summer”. I asked , ” Would you like to grow a garden?” She said, ” I can’t grow a garden, I don’t know how! ” I said, “I think I might be able to help you with that!
After discussing Grow Appalachia with Sarah’s mom and explaining the program to Sarah, her mom agreed that growing a garden would be a great learning experience for Sarah and her whole family. Plus they would have fresh vegetables to eat!
Sarah’s mom remembered working in the garden when she was a little girl but had never planted her own garden. She was excited for Sarah to have the opportunity to learn how to grow a garden, however, we made sure that Sarah understood that the garden would be her responsibility . After discussing the space available for a garden and size of the garden, and what she might like to grow in the garden we decided that a raised bed garden would probably work best.
Sarah and her Dad built the raised bed and dug up soil to put in the raised bed,
she then planted tomatoes, okra and peppers.
Sarah had hoped to be able to sell some of her vegetables at our Farmers Market but the family ended up eating or giving away the vegetables she grew.
|Learning how to can tomatoes with other Grow Appalachia participants|
|Weeding and Harvesting the garden|