Is anyone else experiencing creepily high temperatures for March? My gosh we are headed for a high of 80 here in southwest Ohio and it is still winter!! If you're like me this warm weather is getting you thinking about shorts, flip-flops, and gardens. I found a photo this morning of a freshly tilled garden ready for planting at the home of Elizabeth Coblentz's house. I must have taken this photo sometime in the mid-90s in the spring before all of her beans, corn, lettuce, radishes, and other garden goodies began to rise from the earth. Sorry for the fuzzy photo, this is a picture of a picture, but it's not too bad considering. The ghostly quality of the photo sort of is appropriate considering this favorite place of mine has long been sold to new Amish owners who turned it into a hog farm. I had many wonderful memories in this garden. One of my favorite was when I was out in that garden doing some weeding along with Elizabeth. Her husband had passed away a year earlier, so I was lending her some muscle in the garden. We didn't really talk much as we worked, I just weeded and she hoed...singing softly, church hymns as old as the hills of Switzerland that they came from. And the way she used that hoe was like a doctor who has been using the same scalpel for generations. It was just a special morning of working and getting that garden ready, she was determined to do that in the spring of 2001. Fast forward to 2010 and you can see me taking a tour of Lovina's garden. Some of you may have already watched this video, but if not here it is again. Could give you some inspiration about how to set up your garden. I'll have fresh photos and videos of her garden for this year later this summer.
About Kevin Williams
Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.