Gardener Story: Becky Stallard
In years past, I really struggled with getting things to grow in my (1) raised bed. This year, however, I put in (6) raised beds, a 6×10 ground plot and multiple buckets and bins. I grew carrots, pole beans, peas, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, sweet peppers, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, squash, ground cherries, cucamelon, strawberries, sweet potatoes, sunflowers, marigolds, and zinnias. Not only did everything grow but everything produced. It’s been amazing to have a productive garden.
This year, I’ve gained a real appreciation for my garden and I’m sure other BIU gardeners feel the same way. COVID-19 has put the pressure on us to provide for ourselves and out families. Having the skills and knowledge to grow a successful garden has never been more important. The BIU program has been a true blessing and because of it, I feel much more confident in my abilities as a gardener. This will be my first time planting a fall garden and overwintering plants. There is still much to learn, but I look forward to growing alongside my garden.