28 Jun

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


In mid May we planted our second garden here is the hills. Last year we grew tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber and herbs. We missed out on most of the harvest due to an unexpected extended vacation. This year we ventured out to add string beans, garlic, squash, red and yellow peppers and added more herbs.

They are all looking great. The string beans are loaded with blooms and have tiny beans. The cucumbers and squash are loaded with bright yellow flowers and the herbs scent the garden. I picked my first tomato this week. It is named Early Girl and she lived up to her name. To me there is nothing any tastier than a fresh sliced tomato, mayo and a dash of salt all on  freshly toasted bread.

Today, as I wielded my hoe, pulling dirt to the green beans, a pleasant hum ran through my heart. I come from farmer stock and it was almost like I could see my ancestors smiles, heads nodding in approval. Do gardeners still pull dirt to the roots of their plants these days? I have no idea but that is what my parents and now that I am gardening, I’m doing it too. 

8 Responses to “Dirt”

  1. Linda Lewis October 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    What a gorgeous garden you made, Onisha. I hope it was really successful for you. I agree about the goodness of a sliced tomato. We have land, but truly awful for gardening. I envy you!


  2. Gail June 28, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    That’s a beautiful garden. I hope you get to enjoy the harvest this year. I pull dirt to the roots of my plants too, I don’t know why except that it is a great way to be a part of the growing process.


    • oldthingsrnew June 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Gail, that is a great reason. Is your’s doing well?


    • Onisha Ellis June 29, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      Thanks for stopping by our blog.


  3. DiVoran June 28, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    This blog was wonderful. I was there. I was envious, I was intriqued. I was yearning for a real tomato. I love green beans best of all. Herbs make the meal. Thank you for this delicious and beautiful post.


    • oldthingsrnew June 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

      I’m salivating as I wait for everything to grow. I love fresh roasted veggies. Thank you for your kind words, friend.


  4. Jan Romes June 28, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Nice article, Onisha! I especially loved the last paragraph & the picture :-))


    • oldthingsrnew June 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

      Thanks Jan. It’s hard to find words to describe those feelings. It’s a tiny garden, just enough to enjoy.


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