Gardening Again

20150314_140421So we have found ourselves here in South Carolina. Upstate South Carolina.

We are just south of the Blue Ridge mountains. We came here mostly due to having a daughter and husband living here with their now four children.

4 Grandchildren !

When we first decided to leave the New Hampshire weather ( it took a day that was -20 degrees and a wind staying at 40mph all day and sometimes up to 60mph), we checked out the Greenville are where at that time grandson # 1 was on his way. I didn’t find any work but had met someone in Florida doing my kind of work- I looked him up- that led to an immediate job offer and sudden plans to head south and out of the cold winters.

Then after 6-7 years and going thru the economic time many of us wish we could have avoided, we prayerfully wondered if now was a time to check out where the kids are.

In a short time a door opened for work in Greenville , South Carolina. I moved, left my wife in Florida and got settled into a new job. We lived separate for a while to allow surety of the move and to avoid her leaving her pleasant job too suddenly.She was working as a manager in a small store for an 20150414_183637owner and family she would never leave suddenly. She worked out a long term plan- year or two.

As time was getting nearer to our permanant re-union, we purchased a mobile home and put it on a lot in a “retirement park”. It is a half mile loop of road with home sites all around as well as in the center. We picked a lot just beyond a group of trees and a brook.

No sooner was the house setup and we were about to move in my wife said- boy there is  room for us to put in a few raised  beds. Just think about gardening with the season we’ll have here.

In Central New Hampshire frost free is June15 and possible frost is September/October or sometimes sooner.

So as soon as we levelled out after the building mess and I tamed the overgrowth along our brook border we began garden plans. Our daughter was always telling us about spring planting in February and March.

We started with one raised bed 8×5 and planted early. Late March into Early April

Then another raised  bed ready for early summer planting. We cut up some plastic barrels for rings and used them to contain the dirt used for our tomatoes. We planted two heirloom varietys. Purple Cherokee and Costoluto Genovese. We couldn’t be happier with our tomatoe choices.

We got ripe tomatoes by june– ate them all summer into fall and were still enjoying sauce that had been frozen well into November.

All the greens and early spring plants were great. I had been a while since we planted .But all our neighbors were  looking on in awe- How do you know what to do? you know so much.20150414_18362420150516_17181920150525_154603

Try doing it with a ten week season – you’ll learn a lot – we were thinking to ourselves.



  1. Heather Montgomery

    What a lovely story!

    We love raised beds here in Louisiana. We have even used old tires and storage bins as raised beds (tomatoes and peppers in the tires and onions and potatoes in the bins) with great success!

    I hope everything grows well this year for ya’ll! Merry planting!

    1. Al (Post author)


      Thank you and we are enjoying our early lettuce, spinach, radishes etc already.

      Merry is a great way to say it. My best to you and your planting, Congrats on growing your

      own food.


  2. Norman

    Hello their I see that you and me have something in common an that’s plants. thanks for sharing your story and I like this project here that I see, I believe that more people should get in to gardening and farming because food production is so important. Thanks alot for sharing this wonder infomation and the example that you give, all the best to you in your business venture.

  3. Al (Post author)

    Feel free to e-mail me-

    1. Al (Post author)


      Glad to hear from you and glad we have similar interests. I agree with
      you that more people should get into gardening. Maybe our efforts will encourage them.
      Thanks again and hope to hear from you again.



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