Winter 2010 Editor’s Letter

The Heirloom Gardener
::Winter 2010

As we while away the days until spring, we’ve filled our calendar with several activities to keep our hands occupied until they can dig in the dirt again! The store has kept us on our toes so far this season as all the folks who are itching to garden have been sending in their orders. Jere and I have been on the road to some trade shows too. We hope to take a trip to Petaluma, California, sometime this winter to escape the cold and visit with our customers on the west coast.

This bitterly cold weather we have been enduring makes me dream of those long summer nights. Almost every evening in the summer Sasha runs down to the garden so she can pick some of her favorite flowers, zinnias, of which we plant in abundance. I think she’s following in her dad’s footsteps, as she loves every minute she can spend in the dirt and can name almost every veggie on the stands at farmer’s markets. When she gets older I want her to be able to recall all those fun afternoons and evenings in the garden. I feel one of the best legacy’s we can leave with our children is the knowledge of where our food comes from and how to preserve it.

I have talked to many people in their 50’s and 60’s who have never gardened or preserved food. Some have asked how many plants can grow from one seed? It often makes me wonder where their parents or grandparents were when they were growing up? I suppose, life got in the way back then, too, and little life lessons like planting a garden was put on the shelf for another day. Now more than ever before, it is important to know where our food comes from. Planting a garden is something that continually gives back, whether it’s planted by a two year old or a 60 year old.

I hope this issue satisfies a bit of your craving for gardening during these blustery days and inspires you to share your love of heirlooms with those who are close to you, young and old alike!

God Bless,
Emilee Gettle


3 Responses

  1. I’m glad I read this post this morning. As my little girl, Ava gardener is throwing dishes in the sink and being a rambuncious 3-year-old, I am listening to coffee brew and planning my farmers’ market day today.

    Tears of joy welled up in my eyes upon reading this short piece. The garden is our joy, our fun, our peace and our classroom together. I believe our children need this love and nurturing more than ever.

    Even before Ava turned one-year old, she knew how to pick tomatoes from the vine. In her first birthday photograph, she has a tomato in her hand. December in California may still find a few edible tomatoes hanging on. These are the best of the best days of our lives. Happy Harvesting.

  2. My best memories of my childhood are of gardening. Growing a new flower or vegetable was always so exciting. I know exactly what you mean by those long summer nights–I can’t wait for them to come again!

  3. Inspiring kids to garden is important. I look back to my own parents and how they let me have my own first garden at age 5. Encouraging me by giving positive encouragement, while allowing me to make all of the mistakes a 5 year old would, are lessons that have followed me all of my life. Sasha is fortunate to have such encouraging parents who garden!

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