Member profile for PYehl
Gardening since 1995
Well as I'm sure something we all have in common - I LOVE TO GARDEN!!! I love the fact that all summer long I have dirt stuck under my fingernails! I love to wake up early and take a walk around my property with a cup of coffee and see what has changed over night, love the taste of freshly picked fruit and veggies!
I'm at least a 4th generation gardener. My parents house has won various awards from their town, my mom has people stop all the time asking her plant questions and tell her they come down her street on their walk just so they can look at my moms flowers. So my addiction definitely comes naturally. I love talking to my mom about plants and we chat on the phone about what varieties we are gonna grow each year, we have a little rivalry on who has things blooming 1st or how big a plant gets (she usually wins that one - she has been amending her beds for 40+ yrs... I've only been here 5yrs). Both my mom's parents grew up avid gardeners and one of them actually BORN in a greenhouse. My great grandparents ran a greenhouse so my grandma grew up working in the greenhouse as well. My grandmother passed away when I was about 12, but I remember my mom and I visiting her at the nursing home and my mom would tell my grandma what she has started from seed and what she just transplanted and I vividly remember the tears coming out of my grandma's eyes and she said "what I wouldn't do to be able to be able to get dirt under my nails again".
I bought my 'mini farm' about 5 yrs ago, I have 2.5 acres which 1 acre is fenced pasture. The previous owner didn't garden - he had the white landscaping stones all along the foundation. I had to dig all of it out and then bring in 40 tons of top soil to get some flower beds made. My neighbor down the road brought town his JD Tractor with the plow attachment on it and I showed him where I wanted the garden to be... Its taken many years now with a lot of work but the garden soil is STARTING to be workable. We have bad clay soil here, but between lot of manure, compost and what ever else I could get my hands on I've made it 'decent' - but still a work in process.
I work hard at trying to use everything I grow, canning, freezing, drying and of course... just eating it while its fresh! Gardening has definitely made me try harder as a cook to come up with new ways to use up the harvest.
The property started out with 2 very old apple trees neglected with no pruning for 15yrs, since then I have added blueberries bushes (5), raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, grape vines and recently planted 5 baby apples trees and 2 peach trees. I can't wait for a few years to pass till be start getting fruit from them! I've taken classes and now make my own fruit wines with any extra harvests - so far has only been blackberries.
My Escape Upper Sandusky, OH
My 30'x70' piece of paradise. Nothing makes me happier than to work in my garden and get lots of dirt under my fingernails. I spend almost every day in the cold Ohio winters dreaming of how I will plant my garden, what I will plant, what I will be making with... » more
The Rest of the Property Upper Sandusky, OH
This will follow everything BUT the veggie garden. Landscaping around the yard, patio, orchard, brambles, vineyard. » more
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