Gardening

One thing I've always wanted to do well is gardening.  I haven't achieved that goal.  I jumped at the opportunity to take an early out from teaching Music for Berkeley County Schools in WV.  It was my plan, after all;  I never intended to stay in the profession for nearly as long as I had. Anyways, this is the first year that I havent been the last person in the EP to get anything planted.

I stopped by the hardware store in Martinsburg.  I wanted a couple packs of flower seeds.  I saw a lady buying seeds and I spoke to her.  "I have always wanted to have a garden, but the deer eat everything."  She proceeded to offer me a wealth of folklore, the teachings of the land.  A cornucopia of mountain wisdom.  My takeaway:  She tells me she's had a garden for 30 years.  "I used to fight the deer."  

But you hang a couple pie pans; like from Weis Market.  The light reflecting keeps them away. Then you pee around the garden.  And you put hair; like from your hairbrush around the garden.  The deer don't like that human smell.  Yeah, just pee around the garden.  I always tell the grandkids where to pee.

So there you have it.  No point going to the trouble of putting up a fence.  I was so appreciative to gather this wealth of knowledge from a friendly grandma.  I love the wisdom I pick up in WV's EP.   The folk are so generous with it.  



 

2 comments

  • Debby

    Debby Winchester, VA

    Dad and Mom did this very thing up in the country back in 1960s. Don't remember the pee though. We had veggies, strawberries, blueberries, cherries. It is a special memory. Good luck with your garden!

    Dad and Mom did this very thing up in the country back in 1960s. Don't remember the pee though. We had veggies, strawberries, blueberries, cherries. It is a special memory. Good luck with your garden!

  • Betty Jo Rockwell

    Betty Jo Rockwell

    Thanks. Keeping it simple. Throwing seeds out and possibly some veggies in a dog kennel we're not using. Will keep the grandma's advice in mind too. I'm sure your parents garden was lovely. I remember the blueberries.

    Thanks. Keeping it simple. Throwing seeds out and possibly some veggies in a dog kennel we're not using. Will keep the grandma's advice in mind too.

    I'm sure your parents garden was lovely. I remember the blueberries.

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