So Linda in Colorado also happens to be my mom. My mom is great…and you may have noticed her making several cameos on my blog posts in the past. She is pretty much the best weeder I know, whips up amazing grilled corn, and taught me how to make one of my grandmother’s recipes. In fact, she is what got me blogging in the first place when we documented ourselves incorporating real foods into our diet.
A few months ago I went and visited her in Colorado and was able to see the starts of her veggie garden. It’s her first time having a proper veggie garden (well, if you don’t count the time I took over her garden and planted lots of my own veggies). But while it is her first time growing a garden full of vegetables, it definitely is not her first time gardening.
My mom has this crazy ability to identify pretty much any flower. It’s pretty handy when we are out at the nursery (because I pretty much know nothing about growing flowers). So she shares her flower-growing knowledge, and I share my veggie-growing knowledge. I guess you could say we make the perfect gardening team.
I am pleased to show you her garden in Colorado. It is near the end of their growing season there as the cooler weather is setting in, but I’d say she had a pretty successful first year. Check it out for yourself…
Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Linda Granzow and I am a new empty nester and have moved to the Western Slope of Colorado. I miss my 4+2 kids but know they are doing well, even without me nearby. I am getting involved in many things in our new town of Montrose and the people have been so nice. I have helped start a wind chime project to honor our veterans with Welcome Home Montrose. It has been great, check out their website.
We have bought 4.5 acres in the middle of farmland, the locals call us gentleman farmers, meaning we do not make our living off the land. I am sure they enjoy watching us learn what to do. The neighbors we have met are very nice and have been very helpful as well. We have irrigation water directed to our property from April until October and that has been something we have never had to deal with before.
Our property is pretty barren so I am planning out our 1.5 acres of gardens, mostly ornamental, but will have rows of vegetables as well. Today my father-n-law, Dan, who is visiting, will help me lay out the beds with rope and spray paint.
I did plant some vegetables and flowers this past summer and I will share some pictures of those things, next year I can send what my new garden beds look like, hopefully.
What made you want to start gardening?
I have always loved gardening, mostly flowers. God has made some wonderful stuff. I have had some success with vegetables when I lived in Texas, but things are growing so well here in Colorado. I just picked my first red tomato, and have lots of tomatillos.
I am growing celery which has been fun. My celery plants are all sprawled out and I was mentioning that to some “older” friends and he said he had worked on a celery farm when he was younger. He said they used boards to confine the celery plants to grow in a tight cluster. Older gardeners have so much knowledge and great stories. Times may change but gardening crosses generations.
When and how did you start your current garden?
Here we plant after the last frost which is after Memorial Day. Some plants you can plant earlier but you have to watch for late night frosts. Late frosts kill a lot of the fruit crops each year as well as early flowering plants.
What’s your favorite thing about gardening?
Gardening is a peaceful and rewarding thing to do. I love to plan my garden and shop for plants. It’s so great when things grow and produce flowers or veggies.
Believe it or not I love to weed unless the dirt is bone dry.
Right now, what’s your favorite thing growing in your garden?
I love the celery plants, I use celery a lot and it is a pretty and easy plant to grow. Low maintenance too.
Do you have a favorite recipe that uses the veggies (or fruit) from your garden?
Thai Noodle Salad
1# chucksoba noodles (I use angel hair pasta and break it into halves or thirds.)
1/2 sesame oil 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 t balsamic vinegar
1/2 – 1/2 cilantro
8 green onions
1 jalapeno pepper
1 chopped red bell pepper (I use half green and half red for color.)
1 grated carrot (I use more ’cause I like carrots.)
1 1/4 c chopped, dry roasted, salted peanuts
Cook pasta. While pasta is cooking, mix the liquid ingredients for dressing and chop the vegetables. When noodles are finished cooking, pour noodles into a colander, rinse with cold water, and drain. Put noodles into a bowl and mix with dressing and vegetables. Chill. Add chopped peanuts on top before serving.
Anything else you might want to add?
Gardening is a wonderful hobby or job. I have learned about cash crops–one being lavender. I have also begun to look into companion gardening which makes a lot of sense.
It is also a good way to meet new people, others that love gardening will talk with you about their successes and you can help each other with things that didn’t work out very well.
A good resource is your extension office in your area.
A great book to have is The Homesteading Handbook by Abigail R. Gehring–check out what it says about cauliflower.
Hope you enjoyed a walk through this Colorado backyard garden! Be sure to check out our other featured gardens here on The Dig In!
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