Suburban Farmer

Posted on August 18, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Plants | Tags: , , |

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Here’s my dad, the suburban farmer, with one of his plum trees so laden with fruit he had to prop up the branches with boards!  He is amazing, tending to a small orchard of sorts:  pears, apples, plums, peaches, apricots, hazelnuts, spread out around his suburban lawn.  In addition to all this there is the huge vegetable garden!  This is fun for him, every growing season there are setbacks and triumphs.  It’s always a combination of skill, hard work, and the whims of nature.

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Ah, but those triumphs are so sweet!

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Your dad reminds me of my grandfather who tended a huge garden until the week he died. My mom also has a huge garden, but I don’t have one. I wish I had a green thumb, but… I also don’t have the space for a garden. Your dad looks like a very cool dude! Celeste 🙂

My dad is super cool! You could possibly put a little basil in a pot or even a tomato plant! If you start small you will get hooked!

Now, that’s what a suburban lawn is supposed to look like! Fruit trees, nut trees, handsome bare-chested suburban farmer …. 🙂

Oh, you will make my 85-year-old dad’s day with this comment!!

Just stumbled onto your blog. As a kid in rural NJ, my parents had several fruit trees in the yard. That is a fond memory for me. Here in Florida, my community doesn’t allow for gardens, but my couple attempts at growing tomatoes in pots were ruined by either mockingbirds or these tiny, almost invisible white “flies”. Oh, well.
My grandfather was an avid vegetable gardner, but in a more urban local. He did well with his, and canned what he produced. By the way, your dad doesn’t look 85.

So glad you stumbled! I would say keep trying with the tomatoes, there must be a way. And how can a community not allow gardens? This concept blows my mind. I’m glad I could bring back a good memory for you. I will tell my dad you think he looks young for his age. He doesn’t just look young for his age, he IS young for his age. He says it’s all a state of mind and you gotta keep moving!

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Just stumbled onto your blog. As a kid in rural NJ, my parents had several fruit trees in the yard. That is a fond memory for me. Here in Florida, my community doesn’t allow for gardens, but my couple attempts at growing tomatoes in pots were ruined by either mockingbirds or these tiny, almost invisible white “flies”. Oh, well.
My grandfather was an avid vegetable gardner, but in a more urban local. He did well with his, and canned what he produced. By the way, your dad doesn’t look 85.

I live in a gated community that has rules for snobs to live by, I suppose. I am not even supposed to park my pickup truck in the driveway, but I still do. The “leaders” are not pushing the rule, but some day they just might tell me to park it in the garage, but my garage is loaded with stuff.

So, would they not let you plant a fruit-bearing tree?


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