Memories at Grandmas is a weekly collection of memories and recipes with Angie who blogs daily at Shop Annies.
One thing that I remember is the sweet little gardens that my parents, grandma H, and grandma S would have. Their gardens were all different and yet I loved to help in all of them. My parents had a garden where they would raise enough veggies to last the winter through as well as give us a fresh bit of goodness in the veggies that we raised through out the summer months. Here is where I would learn the gardening lessons that I retain now through work and experience. I would help till the soil, plant the seed, harvest the goodness of the vegetables, snap, pop, clean, and eat what we raised.
The thing I remember most about my mothers mom Grandma H. garden was the white picket fence that surrounded her garden
Found with in the old picket fence was a valuable resource of flowers as well as veggies that she would raise each year. The garden was not a place to play but one where she would spend many hours of work. If you were old enough to be trusted you may find yourself lucky enough to work side by side grandma in the garden. That for sure would give you bragging rights to share with your cousins and parents.
My dads mom Grandma S. had help in her garden as it was the first sort of community garden that I remember. They were large farmers but also had gardening area large enough to share with friends and relatives. Each had their favorite veggie to raise but it seemed tomatoes were the favorite of most. When I was young, finding a milk carton in the garden seemed a bit odd but as I learned how they helped tomatoes, it made sense and i was happy I learned the lesson.
One of my favorite recipes for early spring gardening is wilted lettuce.
•1 head iceberg or romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn coarsely into pieces
•1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
•1 large finely chopped onion
•1/4 cup water
•1/4 cup vinegar
•3 tablespoons sugar
•Salt and pepper to taste
Place lettuce in a heatproof bowl. In a large skillet, fry bacon until half cooked. Add onion and continue to fry bacon until crisp but not burned. Drain all but 4 tablespoons bacon grease from the skillet. Add water, vinegar and sugar, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pour hot vinaigrette over lettuce, add salt and pepper to taste and toss. Serve immediately.
Did you have a Gardner in your family or neighborhood? Were you able to help in the dark soil? Do you like gardening now?
Angie is going to be bringing us meals and memories as a weekly contributor here at Mom Start called Memories at Grandmas. She writes daily at Shop Annies, Annies Home where she constantly shares recipes, tips, and wonderful products she and her family of six children uses.