Growing up, my father was always interested in growing his own plants. Tomatoes were a staple and the oft mentioned thought was “there’s nothing better than a fresh tomato!”, especially one from your own garden. As you can imagine, I would eat well come fall/the end of summer. It got to be a bit much at times but I’ve missed it for a long while.
He has kept up with his hobby, which at this point is really a whole lifestyle. His garden is ten times bigger and there is much more than just a few tomato vines.
A member of the cactus and succulent society, he has won one ribbon after another and continues his upkeep despite health problems. I have been working in his yard and helping him weekly since the start of the season. It is a much needed break for me and I know it helps him a lot.
Figs have become another specialty and he grows at least twenty different varieties of figs. They all look the same to me, but he swears there is a difference. Apparently each one has a different taste and are very much sought after by fig enthusiasts.
I was lucky enough to take one tree home for myself and I hope to have my own figs soon enough (within a year or two). (photo of foil above is how he propagates new figs)
He grows many things, but I always loved the strange look of his cactus and succulents which were a great inspiration for me. Though it may not have appeared that way.
It was good too see some of this stuff again and was once again a great inspiration. It is much more fun to dig in the garden than worrying over nonsense like trying to be the best artist ever.
Plant therapy is a great thing. 🙂
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