Peas Please: The Story of My Dad’s First Vegetable Garden

For as long as I can remember, my dad has planted a vegetable garden in our backyard. This year his garden is bursting with peas, beans, lettuces, arugula, herbs, and kale. Soon, there will be squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers.

Here is a picture of his latest pea harvest.

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My dad loves peas, and so does Gertrude, his dog.

Before this weekend, I had never heard the story of my dad’s first vegetable garden. I always thought he must have had one growing up, but I was mistaken. Rather, he learned as a young twenty something in northern Michigan.

Just a safety note. Do not do as my father did and plant your garden on septic field. But do plant a garden. It’s so easy and as my father says, utterly amazing.


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