Featured Question with Forrest: Sunny Spring Treasures

Garden NMMr. Fenn,

Spring is in full force.  Do you do any gardening? thanks ~ Mark

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Sure I do Mark. Piper, my twelve year-old granddaughter and I have a vegetable garden each spring. Mostly we have plants that grow under the ground and because it is still cold at night in Santa Fe, our plants are in my kitchen by a big window where they enjoy a sunny southern exposure. It is educational to see how fast some plants grow, especially in weeks. f

 

 

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31 Responses

  1. astree says:

    Gardening – that’s a great thing to do, especially with the young; hopefully, they can better appreciate some of the wonders of nature AND a bit of what it takes in the background, to get food on the table.

    We used to garden, too – corn, tomatoes, peppers, and even a giant pumpkin once (Piper might enjoy that, Forrest). Free time became less, the kids lost some interest, and there was the constant deer, raccoons, squirrels, and the dreaded rabbit to contend with.

    “… grow, especially in weeks” … interesting.

  2. Now that is a question and subject I really Love, Gardening. I too live at a higher elevation. Around 6,000 feet. Vegies are tough too. But I still grow them. I wish I had a green house. I have a 100 rose bushes, which I make things out of dried Roses. A special variety. When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I had a huge garden, half acre of everything! I have a small orchard here now. I get apple, apricot, pear, and plum. I make Brandy. I am planning on sending some to Jenny :).
    Happy Gardening Forrest!

    Lou Lee a gardener from Whoville!

  3. Spallies says:

    That is sweet Forrest…:) Piper will forever cherish her memories with you… Even if you make her weed she will someday thank you for it… Jenny, what exactly is the picture of in this featured question? Is that Forrests’ yard or a random photo??? It’s kinda Blurry???

  4. Kathryn says:

    As Grandfather grew older, his garden grew smaller – but I will always remember his pride in the remaining tomatoes and peppers. He grew what was needed for his Italian meals. I learned cooking Italian from scratch and how wonderful fresh herbs were in the summer months. My husband learned to garden these past few years. I think it brings out the wonder and innocence of childhood in all of us. The underground veggies are a lot of fun – they conjure up imagination in what they actually look like before bringing them to the surface! I moved from 144 sq ft garden in my youth to a few raised beds due to my back condition. Gardening is great – does you granddaughter enjoy fishing with you as well? I did with Grandfather, but fly fishing is a new thing for me – he fly fished but I never go to go on those events.

  5. astree says:

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    ” Sure I do Mark ”

    Did you catch it, Iron Will ?

    Also, the acrostic, ” they enjoy a sunny southern exposure”.

  6. Belle says:

    It is nice to watch things grow…

  7. Geydelkon says:

    So much rain in Colorado this year. I am sure my garden will go crazy soon.

  8. Carolyn says:

    We started our vegetable garden in April and it kept raining and everything was growing big (tomatoes, corn, zucchini, watermelon, onion, potato, and cantaloupe) and then it kept raining and kept raining and now the garden is looking a little sad. My husband says that everything is staying to wet and that it will kill the garden and may, but if it does, we will replant when the rain finally stops. Don’t want to complain too much about the rain because it will be summer soon and not a lot of rain then usually. I love to have fresh vegetables all of the time. You can just go out and pick it right off the plant and eat it right there.

    • JC1117 says:

      I may have to replant, also, Carolyn. We have had a lot of rain here in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, it hasn’t added much to the snowpack. Rain waters the lawn, but snow fills the reservoirs. I may have to replant my peppers this year. It may have to do with the overly saturated soil, but I think the main reason was a really hard frost that hit fairly late this year. It killed all the new buds on my large mulberry tree, and now I have less than half of the usual leaves on that tree. The neighbors will happy though because they’ll have fewer purple-staining mulberries on their driveway and roof from MY tree. Sorry, neighbors. Anyway, I think the hard frost killed the new growth right at the top of my 12 pepper plants…you know…where the plant grows upward. I haven’t seen any new growth since I transplanted. The plants are just sitting there…not doing much…and starting to turn a little yellow. I think I’ll have to go back and do it again.

      • anna says:

        JC1117, please look for my email and open a GoDaddy account so I can transfer the domain names you requested over to you [Forrest Wise Foundation.com & Forrest Wise Foundation.org.] Since Ive already paid and done the leg work, please don’t drop the ball, ok?

        • JC1117 says:

          Hello, Anna. We seem to be playing message tag. I have checked my email on several occasions and I don’t see an email from you there. Please try again at glass1117 at comcast dot net OR post your email here in similar fashion and I will reply with an email address that I use more frequently. I certainly do not wish to drop the ball. I would love to be the steward over those websites…as steep as the learning curve may be for a construction worker. 🙂 Maybe I’ll win the lottery and can change careers…or “retire”…so I can find other ways to be tired…i.e. re-tired. Who knows what the gods have in store? I have a first cousin who works for GoDaddy in Arizona. I don’t know what he does, exactly, but now I’m curious to find out.

          • anna says:

            JC1117, each time I’ve attempted to contact you via glass1117@comcast.net
            I receive a message stating “this is not a valid emai.” Honestly I’m running low on energy to devote to this.

            Jenny, I’m sorry to have taken up space on your blog trying to be of help to JC1117.

      • Carolyn says:

        Love mulberry’s. My grandson and I love to go across the street and get the berrys that have fallen. There is a huge mulberry tree over there. I have 2 in my yard, but I’m not good with them I guess. It doesn’t help that the horses like the way they taste and have bitten a lot of branches on both of them. Hope yours gets better.

        • JC1117 says:

          Hello, Carolyn. If you REALLY love mulberries you can put a tarps…or blanket…under the tree branches and shake them. The ripe ones fall down easily. You might even have your grandson climb up there…safely…and jump up and down on some of the branches that will support the weight. You’d be surprised how many you can get. I love them, too…and so do ALL the birds! There are treasures everywhere if you know how to get ’em. 🙂

  9. Just says:

    Someone should ask if piper was named after his aircraft.

  10. Lia says:

    Astree, do you truly think ff messed up firgetting ‘do’ and was calling the fine people who follow his treasure hunt “simps” or simpletons? I thought he was one of the good guys who sees the best in others and knows wisdom trumps intelligence.

    • astree says:

      I don’t think Forrest was calling anyone a simpleton – he seems to really enjoy a majority of the people who are in the chase.

  11. Cammy says:

    Jenny I’m going to also ask where the picture came from. I love the way that looks! Would love to find out who designed it and have them design my new drought tolerant garden. California’s drought is epic….haven’t seen this many lawns with yellow grass in a long time, but I’m glad they are getting the idea they need to conserve water!

  12. Jim says:

    I know exactly where it is. I just need to get well enough to go after it.

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