Appalachia Gardening Granny

Getting Granny’s Garden Ready

Getting-stuff-done

Granny has been anxious to get her garden plowed and her spring veggies planted. Over the weekend we managed to accomplish both. The crazy girl in the photo was there to help too.

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The Deer Hunter manned the tiller and the chainsaw. He and Granny decided one tree that had started shading the garden needed to come down. The Deer Hunter tied the tree off to another tree in the direction he wanted it to fall and Chitter pulled the rope at just the right time. Granny and I were their audience.

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Granny’s plum tree…unlike mine it seems to know when to bloom

In no time flat they had the tree down and sawed up. Once it was cleared away we planted onions, radishes, and lettuce for Granny.

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Of course along with all the work there had to be time for some visiting too.

I’m glad we got all the spring garden chores completed for Granny. She’s gotten so feeble I’m not sure how much she can get out and work in the garden this year, but she loves to garden more than anybody I ever saw and I aim to have her a garden if all she can do is set and look at it.

Tipper

Appalachian Cooking Class details

Come cook with me!

MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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18 Comments

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    Quinn
    April 4, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Just being in the garden makes me feel happy and hopeful, and I hope it does the same for Granny 🙂

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    Leslie Haynie
    April 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Sweet Granny & sweet family. Hope her garden goes gang busters this year!

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    lynn legge
    April 3, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    tipper that was such a sweet thing to do..i feel just like granny…not able to garden…but long for those days when I could…I love seeing the new shoots and hear the birds…..granny was pleased im sure….much love and ladybug hugs to you all…happy spring…and many blessings to your beautiful family

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    Marshall Reagan
    April 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    ENCOURAGE HER AND HER GARDENING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT GIVES HER SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO INSTEAD OF GIVING UP. I LOOK FORWARD TO GARDENING EVERY YEAR BECAUSE OF THE EXERCISE THAT I GET. GARDENING HAS HELPED TO KEEP ME WALKING FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS SINCE I BROKE MY BACK AND LOSE MOST OF THE FUNCTIONS OF MY FEET AND LEGS. I ALSO ENJOY SHARING THE VEGETABLES WITH PEOPLE WHO CAN,T HAVE A GARDEN.

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    Wanda Devers
    April 3, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Mama loved the garden, too. We would take her a folding chair out in ours so she could pick the cayenne peppers for “pepper sauce”. Near the end of her life, I planted her some squash & tomatoes in her flower beds around her house. She was one of the best cooks of garden produce!

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    Tmc
    April 3, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I can still see my Mamaw setting under the shade tree looking at her harden, fanning herself with her bonnet she’d made.

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      Tmc
      April 3, 2019 at 11:53 am

      Garden not harden, I hate it when I do that.

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    April 3, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Tipper such a loving story . I hope Granny enjoys it. Truman has his garden out he got it poliverzed the Crawdads are dudling up in his garden . Never was bothered with them in NC they stayed in creeks backs. I hope these dudes don’t feast on the bulbs he has planted. If anyone can shed light on Texas crawdads tell us please

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    PinnacleCreek
    April 3, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Our parents did love their gardens. Age and the disabilities associated with aging never seemed to make them realize their limitations…..at least when it comes to the yearly planning and cultivation of the family garden. Dad planted three the year prior to his death. He was unable to manage the harvest of the bountiful half runner crop. I took my vacation and missed the big family reunion to pick and snap baskets of beans. As I fell exhausted into bed in the spare bedroom nightly, my Dad would still be processing green beans in two pressure canners. This was repeated daily until the beans were lined up on shelves in the basement. They could not possibly eat that many beans in their lifetime, but that was their life the way they were accustomed to living their days. One of my dearest memories!
    Later, my mother came to my home following the death of my Dad. She could not walk up the hill to my garden, so I would take her in the car so she could see what was growing. She was unable to do housework, but loved snapping the beans. She would snap for hours in her hospital bed. This was her favorite pastime in her last days.
    There is probably not much that is more important to Granny, with the exception of attention from grandchildren. What a wonderful gift to her! The coming of Spring and the planting adds joy to their Summer days. Personal experience is with advancing age there becomes fewer activities that are enjoyable. When family scolds me for exhausting myself with gardening, I just tell them they know I am happy if my last day is spent in my garden.

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    Shirl
    April 3, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I’m glad you are helping Granny with her garden instead of trying to talk her out of it like my daughter does with me. She says, “Mom, what are you gonna do with all this food? Go buy it and come out ahead. Raising the garden keeps you from going fishing. Quit working so hard and enjoy your summer.” She turns right around in the next breath and say she wants me to teach her all I know about gardening.

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    Gigi
    April 3, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Thats so nice of you all to help your granny with her garden. I know she thankful. We haven’t even started. I do look forward to it. I love putting a garden out. I can’t wait. God Bless!

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    Dolores
    April 3, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Imagine the inner pleasure that Granny will vision in her mind and heart. Wonderful gesture!

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    April 3, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Tipper, I love to see pictures of your family working together on the garden, and what a wonderful thing to do for your mother. Each year I find gardening more difficult but it still makes me gloriously happy. I get some help from my children too, or I’d would not be able to do it.

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    Nance
    April 3, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Bless your heart. That garden will give Granny hope!

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    Ron Stephens
    April 3, 2019 at 8:07 am

    You all are a blessing to her. “I aim to have her a garden if all she can do is sit and look at it” speaks volumes about you, and by extension about your Mom and Dad.

    I replanted my lettuce and carrots yesterday. Sure do wish I could understand the complete failure. I also did something I have been ‘laying off to do’ for a long time – I planted parsnips. I have only tasted one once, over forty years ago up in Virginia. Interesting thing is the seed pack says wait till freezing weather to pull then only as they are used and leave them ‘stored’ in the ground because cold weather causes the starch to convert to sugars.

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    Gayle Larson
    April 3, 2019 at 7:44 am

    So glad Granny’s garden is under way. What a great feeling of accomplishment you must feel. Two gardens going is too much work for me. I will probably end up with a few tomatoes in pots on the deck which I can move around to follow the sun.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 3, 2019 at 7:43 am

    “I aim to have her a garden if all she can do is set and look at it.” That’s one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard and what a wonderful spring gift!
    You get A+ in being a daughter, but I already knew that!

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 3, 2019 at 6:17 am

    You are a wonderful family. Jow happy she must be

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