Daddy’s Southern Garden 2018

Another year, another garden!  We’re thrilled that Daddy feels like gardening again this year.  This time last year, he was about to come down with c-diff, something that would change all of our lives forever. We didn’t know for about 3 or 4 months what was going to happen to his health and all of you following along were praying for him and we SO appreciate that.

We didn’t know if his health would ever be the same and even though he’s not as strong as he was a year ago, he’s doing well enough to get out and plant his garden this year and that makes us all happy.  We’ve encouraged him not to go so big, but apparently he can’t NOT plant that plot of land that has been his garden for so many years and so it’s full once again and will soon bear the bounty that his hands produce.

A little more about his health.  He’s still on a lower dosage of antibiotics to keep the c-diff at bay. That has been the only solution we have found to keep him healthy and happy, with care from his gastro doc.  He doesn’t want to do any surgeries and at 90 years old, we just want him to live life and enjoy his days as best he can.  He takes them 4 days a week and is still on probiotics too.  His appetite is better than ever and he eats like a horse.  His sweet tooth hasn’t gone anywhere either and mom is constantly feeding him, so all of that is good.  At this point and after all he’s been through, we’ll take it!

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

As you can see from that smile, he’s happiest when he’s in the garden, so we are happy that he’s out there again this year.  Cutting back from 2 gardens to 1, just 2 years ago was a major big deal for him, but it was time. This one is all he can handle now!  And as you’ll see below, this is not a tiny little garden.

As you’ll also note, he’s using a cane now. We’ve yelled at him enough that he needed it, so he’s finally using it all the time when he’s outside and when he goes places, which makes us all feel better.  He has a garden stool that moves in the garden with him so he can sit and do things on it.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

The rain has been abundant so everything is growing, which means the weeds are prolific too.  He does have a tiller he can run through the rows to keep the weeds down, but as you’ll see in the videos below, a good old fashioned hoe seems to be the preferred method of keeping those pesky things in check.

The garden is doing well. He has planted just about the same crop as he always does, starting with tomatoes and corn.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

Looking on, there’s 2 rows of corn, peppers, and squash rows that you can see here.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

Squash here and green beans to the right with okra down the way at the other end.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

I think this is the pepper row with something else at the other end. I heard eggplant in there too.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

Corn is looking good.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

One long row of tomatoes are looking good too, this is my fave and I can’t wait til around July 4th when they will start coming in.  I always look forward to that phone call from mom…the tomatoes are in, come and get ’em! 

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

This is potatoes and something else down the row. I’ll do another post once everything starts coming in so you can see what it all looks like. There’s also cucumbers growing in another spot up a fence.

He’s a master gardener when it comes to growing veggies and about 60 years of growing will do that to a fellow. I’m so proud to have a gardener daddy who knows how to grow food off the land and eat home grown produce.  We’ve been so spoiled and I know one day Mark and I will be growing a few things of our own. Mark’s dad also gardens and this year he only planted tomatoes, about 50 plants!  Between both our dads we are set on tomatoes!  What a blessing to have them both.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

Here are the grapevines daddy wanted you to see. These are muscadines and scuppernongs, both Southern grapes that are very sweet. Last year, Mark’s daughter, Traci and I picked a bunch of muscadines and took them to Mark’s dad and he made homemade muscadine jelly that we all got to share in.  What a treat!  There’s no way to eat all the grapes that come in on these vines.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

Dad and mom have blueberries too and it will be nice to have some fresh blueberries if the birds don’t get them first. They have to cover them up with a net. See those pretty oakleaf hydrangeas in the distance?  I love those and just transplanted a couple of baby plants to our house and hopefully they will grow this big eventually.  One of those plants came from my backyard in Birmingham.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

They are pretty loaded though!

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

A big freeze killed dad’s fig trees down to the nubs a couple of years ago and we didn’t know if they would survive the cutting back he had to do to them all, but as you can see they are growing like crazy and they have plenty of figs on them this year. They had a few last year too. See the one to the left, above? That’s right behind his swing, his favorite spot to sit.

Daddy's Southern Garden 2018

We’ve spent many a moment on this swing pondering life and talking.  He’s such a good daddy!

Daddy's Southern Garden

Both our parents are so precious and I know how much you enjoy seeing them.  Salt of the earth doesn’t begin to describe these two and I know you appreciate that so much.  You won’t find two finer people on this earth than these two. They are loved by many, far and wide, you all included!

That’s an update on the garden!  If I was a better videographer, I would know how to edit and make these videos really cute, but that’s a skill I have yet to master. In the meantime, enjoy these little video snippets from last week in the garden. Be sure to listent to the background banter going on, it’s the best part!  One day I think I’ll just turn on the video camera and let them talk, you never know what’s going to come out!

- Rhoda


  1. You are so very blessed to still have your parents and they still have each other! (Even though he needs to hoe according to your mom). They are adorable.

  2. I loved this post! Your Mom and Dad are such a blessing. Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. colleen m says

    They are the cutest!! Great to see them doing what they love!! What a blessing!! Ty for sharing them. BTW I love grapes, if you can’t figure out what to do with them all!!

  4. I am THRILLED to see this post and think about both your parents often. have the Drs. considered an FC? I hope he’s continuing with his physical therapy at home. It’s a true life saver as there’s no point in time when muscle can’t be rebuilt. I know as I age I have to do more just to keep what I have! I’m so happy for you all. The videos are darling!!!

    • Hi, Teresa, we discussed FC with the docs, but dad doesn’t want to do it, so we are not going to pursue. He’s not doing physical therapy at home, but getting outside and gardening is therapy enough at this point.

    • Thank you for replying, Rhoda. I’m a gardener as well and know how much exercise that is! And food for the soul, as well. I love your blog and should probably subscribe now that I’ve cancelled so many others that become all about themselves. I don’t care about supported posts and am glad to help you make a living, just keep it real like you always have done! I love your format and the schedule for your posts: ))

    • Hey, Teresa, yes please subscribe! I am not going to change the way I blog, it’s worked for me for 11 years, so why change it now. You all like it and it is what I’m most comfortable with.

  5. Barbara Boyack says

    Rhoda I’m glad your dad is so well, and your sweet mom too. If you remember a few months ago I wrote you about my husband having cdiff. After two bouts in the hospital and two rounds of strong antibiotics he is eell..we also take probiotics. Again thank you for sharing your folks and the garden!

    • Thank you, Barbara, you all were so kind to pray and ask about my dad last year and so many of you had been through this too. It’s a rough thing to deal with, but he’s settled down now and doing pretty well.

  6. Love to see pics of your Mom and Dad. Glad to see him able to get up and around and especially be able to plant a big garden. God bless him and your sweet Mama.

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