Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Fall is less than a week from being officially over. Winter weather has come almost a month early. It's been freezing outside day and night.
While going through a file of float photos from the past year, I looked at shots of my garden spot taken after another wonderful spring and summer growing fresh peas, peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, asparagus, basil and other herbs. I enjoy growing my crops in large pots, inside the first greenhouse my father and I built.
Almost 20 years ago, a carpentry job was traded for the frame laying on it's side in a field. A previous hurricane had blown it over. Only the front door was open in the house during the storm. The back door was closed. A great gust of wind entered, and had nowhere to go but up. So it did, and pulled the house out of the ground stakes.
The greenhouse was used for many years for growing herbs, and was an especially good environment for growing beautiful varieties of mint.
After a couple of years of non-use, I put up a deer proof fencing around the frame, and turned it into my garden. Adding a few floats excited me. Last spring the thought came to me to try sunturning a few floats as well. After a couple of seasons in the sun, they are definitely beginning to darken nicely.
Rereading one of Charles Abernethy's booklets a few months ago, it brought a smile to my face to realize that he too attempted to sunturn floats in his yard. Another thing to share with him. Wish that I could have known him. I like to think we would have been good friends.