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March 2012 • Southern Rural Route

  Ethyl, them taters done sprouted! It’s been two weeks since me, Evie, Shorty and Shorty’s 6-year-old daughter, Leyah, planted them Yukon Gold taters. I thought you’d like to see what a tater sprout looks like when it’s just barely out of the ground. In the winter of 2011, I experimented with growing some potato eyes on a sliver of potato peel  given to me by Momma.  The peels … Read More

I am always looking for pass-along plants from the yards of other gardeners. My friend, Patricia, gave me a cutting from one of the stems of her Jade plant back in 2004. I immediately potted it up without allowing the cut to callous. God, ever merciful, let’s us succeed when we don’t know what we’re doing. I realize 2004 is a while back but, oh my, look how it has grown. The … Read More

This is my asparagus bed. I think I ate an asparagus once but left to my own devices, I don’t actually choose to eat asparagus. I mean, they look like little trees, you know? However, I am trying to eat more veggies and less meat soooooo if I should happen to get some of those little trees to come up in this bed, I’ll have to acquire a taste for trees. My asparagus project … Read More

My butter beans sprouted in seven days and this is what they look like a day after they pop out of the soil. We Southerners do like our butter beans and ham. Of course, the seed packet doesn’t refer to them as butter beans.  It drives me nuts, and admittedly I don’t have far to go, when I can easily find butter beans in a grocery store can (at least in the Southern USA) but not … Read More

Ethyl, we got them taters planted! I was huffin’ and puffin’ to get my spring garden planted and seemingly getting behinder every day so I called in the troops. None of us has very many friends who would come to our aid when we need help digging in the dirt but we all know who they are, don’t we? I called my chief abuser, Evie, and she brought along Shorty, who is really not … Read More

I was reading one of those free email newsletters from Mother Earth News in which the author, Michelle Martin, had interviewed Ethan Hughes about his educational homestead, the Possibility Alliance. He has a remarkable generosity of spirit and the last three paragraphs of his interview were inspirational: “I would also like to give readers a homework assignment. Sit down, put … Read More

March has historically been my winter clean-up month. This year has been slightly more challenging for me. After being the grateful recipient of some free tilling from Mr. Beekeeper on February 18 to double the size of my veggie garden, I’ve worked on weeding and raking it into rows, and filling the pathways with leaves for weed reduction. I didn’t even finish that project … Read More