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Tomatoes, sunflowers and more: He can garden

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My neighbor and his 13-foot sunflower plant. [Order this photo]
Last year, I attempted to update readers of our attempts at putting together a garden.

Good friend, Marion "Sarge" Eveland seemed very interested in the garden Merry and I planted.

We didn't have a lot of luck.

We planted tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, sweet corn, radishes, lima beans and carrots.

After a summer of growing, Merry and I managed to produce two pumpkins, one tomato plant and a handful of radishes.

I remember thinking there is absolutely no green thumb in our home.

At least when it comes to gardens.

This year, plans changed quickly as far as growing a garden.

We wanted to, but when we found out we were having a baby, again things changed. There just wasn't enough time.

Our neighbors, however, planted produce again this year.

A lot of that produce appeared to come from the 9-year-old green thumb of Zeke.

He planted sunflowers, broomstick gourds, pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, radishes, corn, pea pods, strawberries and various flowers.

Unlike our household, our neighbor's garden thrived.

According to his mother, Zeke has been working in the garden with the rest of the family for several years now.

"It's fun," Zeke told me. "You get to eat the stuff you make."

Zeke is only 4-feet, 7-inches in height. But his sunflowers tower over him and everybody in the area for that matter.

In fact, he has a 13-foot sunflower in the garden that seems to still be growing.

He told me he placed seeds in a cup with potting soil and let them grow there first. From there, Zeke said he planted them in the garden and has continued to tend to them since.

He enjoys growing the sunflowers. Zeke plays baseball and likes to chew on sunflower seeds while playing.

"It's cool because (the sunflowers) get real tall," Zeke said.

While Merry has a green thumb when it comes to house plants, after I told her the height of Zeke's sunflower, her jaw practically hit the floor.

Needless to say, she agreed it was amazing he has taken such an interest in gardening.

But you probably need to watch out, Zeke.

Merry told me children should develop an interest in gardening.

With jellybean only a handful of weeks away, I'm quite certain the baby will be out their in the backyard sometime in the future gardening away.