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City Girl* on the Prairie

I spent this evening outside with the killer mosquitoes, assisting my new friend C with her vegetable garden. I braved the prickly raspberry bushes and picked a pretty decent bowlful of raspberries while she picked carrots, pea pods, and purple string beans. Then, I helped to shell peas. I really don’t think I’ve ever done something like that before, unless it was when I was really small. I had a good time, and I told C i’d help her out more if she wanted. She said she had weeding that needed to be done, and I told her that probably wouldn’t be a good idea, as I might not know what was plant and what was weed!

I came away with some fresh raspberries, cucumbers, apples, and carrots. And I really think the raspberries taste better than even the raspberries I bought at the farmer’s stand…..of course, this may have more to do with the fact that I picked them over anything else.

Oh, and purple string beans? Taste just like green ones. C told me they turn green when you cook them, and I was a little disappointed to find that out. I mean, how cool would it be to serve up a dish of purple beans at your next dinner party?

*I’m not really a city girl. But where I grew up, there wasn’t really room to have a garden. I think my mom had a rose bush for a while, but that’s about it. Oh, and my dad and I planted wildflowers when I was 8 or so. Now that mom and I live in a place where we have our own yard to grow stuff in, neither one of us really knows what to do to start a garden.

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  1. Jennifer Ofenstein August 19th, 2008 12:13

    Ah, memories! My grandparents had a huge kitchen garden and I used to help in the summer. I remember sitting outside and shelling peas and then we’d get to have fresh blackberries or watermelon. Mmmm…

  2. falnfenix August 19th, 2008 13:48

    you’d be surprised how many veggies come in purple varieties now…pole beans, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots (!), and myriad others. šŸ™‚

  3. AnnaOnTheMoon August 20th, 2008 14:52

    Purple carrots? Seriously?

  4. Perdita October 28th, 2008 21:16

    Well written article.

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