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Pat Shingelton: "Garden Preps..."

7 months 1 week 4 days ago April 28, 2016 Apr 28, 2016 Thursday, April 28 2016 April 28, 2016 4:10 AM in Pat Shingleton Column

On our 4,5,6 and 10 PM weathercasts we are encouraging viewers to forward their pics of flowers and vegetables. In addition, I thought of my Mom last weekend while planting tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in our patio pots. Container gardening wasn't popular "back in the day."  In Pennsylvania, my grandfather would “turn-over” the garden with a shovel until he was convinced to let Mr. Hollenbeck “disc it up” with his tractor. A few years ago, Mom was still able to prepare for one of her first crops of the season – rhubarb, followed by leaf lettuce, beans, tomatoes and sweet corn that should be “knee high by the Fourth of July.”  She would remove ground cover from her rhubarb and would always have a bumper crop for nearly ten years. She was the sole provider of rhubarb for the produce manager at the local Giant Eagle who compensated her “six bucks per pound.”  Sylvia Weatherspoon verifies her rhubarb pie with strawberries is the absolute best.

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