Gardener Story: Paula Butcher

WOW this year has flown by. It is my second year working with Build It Up and I was excited to expand on what I learned last year. Last year I used landscape fabric to keep my weeds at bay and decided that was my best option this year too. (I HIGHLY recommend using fabric). I have only had the pleasure of walking through my garden, looking for pests and harvesting lots of veggies to share. I can’t stay out in the sun for too long, so spending hours pulling weeds was not an option. My recommendation to everyone is….get good fabric (not from big box stores); it’s a life changer. I purchased mine online (Dewitt P3 3’x250’ 5oz Pro 5 Weed Barrier Fabric).

My grandbabies were very excited to help too. My granddaughter (age 4 ½) is learning to write her letters and was happy to write the names of the plants on each label. 

Some of the items we have planted are zucchini, bell peppers, basil, tomato, cucumbers, squash, carrots, watermelon, spaghetti squash and bush beans. I also planted sunflowers along the edge to encourage bee activity for pollination.

Ohhhh……and now a story about those grandbabies…..Everything in the garden was coming along very nicely.  I had lots of new growth on all of my plants.  Baby zucchini, baby squash, baby eggplants, etc.  One day my grandbabies (ages 2½ & 4½) were out playing in their playhouse and decided they needed food for the playhouse.  They knew my garden was growing food and proceeded to pick 25 green tomatoes to have in the playhouse.  You can imagine my surprise when I found out what they had done.  I asked, “why did you pick my tomatoes when they weren’t ready to pick yet?” My granddaughter said, “well we didn’t know they were tomatoes, they were green and we thought they were watermelons because watermelons are green on the outside.”  Needless to say, we were able to enjoy some yummy fried green tomatoes.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this program and learning along with my grandbabies all about the rewards of growing your own garden. I am grateful to the BIU program and all it has taught me. I have recommended it to many of my friends and neighbors.

More images from Paula’s garden!