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Gardening on Grandma’s Farm

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close up of bright yellow zinnia with a little red in the center

My name is Elizabeth. I am 24 years old and live in Pennsylvania. My grandma is my best friend and has over 10 acres of farm land. On her farm she has a small 40-foot by 80-foot garden. I planted over 20 crops this year with her.

close up of bright blue larkspur flowersI love how larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual) looks like it is smiling, but don’t let this smiling flower trick you. All parts are considered toxic to humans.

close up of spinach plants ready for harvestA beautiful crop of spinach ready to harvest

birdhouse and birdbath in front of rows of corn and bee balmRows of corn are in the background, with a huge mass of bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–9) in the foreground.

close up of bright pink bee balm flowerCloser look at the bee balm flowers

garden bed with small fountain and lots of flowersThese Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–8) and other perennials looking beautiful.

close up of green Hen-and-chicksHens and chicks (Sempervivum, Zones 4–8) are an easy-to-grow hardy succulent, perfect for carpeting dry spots in the garden.

old pair of boots covered in mossAn old pair of boots has become part of the garden with moss growing all over them.

close up of bright yellow zinnia with a little red in the centerThis stunning zinnia (Zinnia elegans, annual) has layer upon layer of yellow petals showing red at their base.


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  1. sandyprowse 07/17/2023

    Dear 24 year old Elizabeth from Pennsylvania. I loved everything about this posting. She is a lucky grandmother having you help her and you are lucky to have to there too. The boots were amazing and the zinnia. The farm looks so friendly and inviting. Just what gardening is supposed to be. A happy place. Well done!

  2. MohawkValley 07/17/2023

    Very nice ! Looks like you've fallen "prey" to gardening . You're now "under the spell" ... Peace from the Mohawk Valley in NYS .

  3. user-7821942 07/17/2023

    Elizabeth, what a beautiful and bountiful garden! I can only imagine the joy that you and your grandmother share through gardening and your time together. Now that's fine gardening!

  4. rosebudal 07/17/2023

    Elizabeth, through gardening you will gain wisdom, while your grandmother will remain youthful and healthy. What a beautiful, symbiotic relationship! Keep up the great work.

  5. btucker9675 07/17/2023

    That spinach looks delicious and I love the "moss boots"! Welcome to what will be a lifelong love of gardening!

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    simplesue 07/18/2023

    Such a beautiful land made more beautiful by your garden!
    Everything was pretty but my favorite was the old pair of moss covered boots!
    I saved that photo!

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