Wednesday, October 08, 2008


This summer we grew tomatoes on our front veranda for the first time and have to admit that the the fruit is the best I have ever tasted. As anyone who grows their own tomatoes already knows, they taste MUCH better than any you can buy in a store!! When the weather started to get cool in September, I moved 4 plants into our sunroom where they continue to grow. We have fresh, delicious tomatoes every day now.

If any of you grow your own tomatoes or any other crop, feel free to send photos to our school's photo album project at Or, if you prefer, send them to me and I'll forward them to that address. I am certain our students would love to see photos of vegetable gardens and the crops when harvested!

When I was a young boy in the 1950's, nearly every person had a vegetable garden in their back yard, especially in rural communities I visited. These days a few people still have backyard gardens, but the majority have been replaced by lawns.

With increases in the world population, global warming, pollution, and transportation costs, maybe it is time for people to "relearn" how to grow their own vegetables. It is a win-win situation because not only will they grow a little of their own food (which tastes better than what they buy) but it will provide opportunities to get a little closer to Nature and to get some outside activity.

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