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. Oh this makes my heart happy Rhoda! Such a beautiful garden that blesses so many.

  2. Sandra mosolgo says

    You are so blessed to still have your wonderful parents. I miss my folks & my mother-in-law especially during gardening seasons. We would always ask, “What’s blooming!”, special memories.

  3. Love seeing your Dad’s fig trees. I have had a Chicago Hardy for the past 8 yrs. Two yrs. ago, the tree gave me 72 figs. We live in Ohio, so the tree stays in a large pot and with the help of casters, the tree stays in our garage from Oct. till April.
    Your Mom and Dad are a real treat to see and hear and I enjoyed hearing you too.
    As long as I can remember, my dad had a garden and a grape arbor. A WWII veteran, he passed away this April at the age of 97. He truly lived a great life. He was a great-grandfather to ten blessed children.

  4. How wonderful to see your parents enjoying their beautiful garden! There’s a whole lot of work coming before long in tending the harvest, but there’s no substitute for fresh, healthy, organic food. Very glad your Dad is feeling more like himself, and that he and your Mom get around so well. They’re both precious. Love the vids!

  5. Love seeing and reading about your parents, they are angels. Keeps the stories coming, I really enjoy the updates. Thank you❤️

  6. sandra bryant says

    I just love your Mom and Dad, they remind me so much of my grandparents and my mother.

  7. You should video them so that future generations will have them.

  8. I love hearing your voices also – this is the South to me – gardens, family, loving on each other!

  9. Susan B. Jones says

    Girl, you know there is nothing like a HOME GROWN TOMATO!!! And I loved seeing your dad’s footprints in his garden!

  10. diane in northern wis says

    It’s so wonderful seeing your dad out in his garden again, Rhoda, and what a beautiful garden it is, once again. Your dad and mom look great and happy.
    What more can we ask for, right? So glad your dad is out working in the garden and enjoying it all, and has a good helper in your mom. God is good!

  11. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says

    Thanks, Rhoda, for sharing your precious parents with us! Always enjoy seeing/hearing them. They are such a sweet couple. You are so blessed and I know you love them lots! It’s wonderful to see your Daddy looking so good! We thank God for answered prayers and we will continue to pray for both of them. His garden is just unbelievable! You can just see how happy he is out in his garden! Bless you all!

  12. Rhoda, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful parents with us! Your dad is truly an amazing gardener. You can see from the videos how he lights up about his garden, and your mother is precious. Please share some pictures of those great lunches your mom makes from all this lovely garden produce! !Love, love, love those meal photos!

  13. Ann Henegar says

    Rhoda, it makes me so happy to see y0ur parents so happy! That smile on your Dads face is a blessing from God. They sure are the salt of the earth. This world could take a few lessons from these two beautiful people. Thanks for sharing your family and the beautiful garden. God bless you!

  14. You are so fortunate to still have your parents. They make such a cute couple, and can really see how much they love each other. Your dad really has a green thumb. That garden brings back memories of my dad and his tomato patch. My mouth is watering for a good tomato sandwich!

  15. Mica Craig says

    I am so tickled listening to your Daddy to show us those grape vine! 😍

  16. What a sweet couple! Your parents are precious! I had a great-grandmother that always had a big garden! We would help chop, weed and pick with her in the summer when we were little. LOVED all the good meals she made with that garden. Love, love, love these videos…thanks for sharing. 🙂 P.S. One tip…turn your phone the horizontal way and the videos will show up much better. (wink)

    • Hi, Tammie, everytime I’ve tried that and uploaded them to You Tube, they are sideways. What am I doing wrong?

  17. Nancy Hamby says

    You are very blessed…and I know you are thankful for the blessing. His garden is awesome looking. You all will surely enjoy the fruits of his labor when the veggies ripen. He loves this and he must look forward to planting season each spring.

  18. Reneé Harris says

    Good too see you Dad has cut back on his gardening 😘 That is one beautiful garden.

  19. i am so glad you have your articles available for a few days. I do not always receive them and see them later in the recent lineup. Otherwise, I would have missed the lovely article about your father’s garden and your mama also.
    thank you for sharing. I miss my folks so much. they too had some great gardens and there seem to be no end to the unusual things that can occur with a garden.

    • HI, Brenda, thanks so much, are you subscribed to my blog? If you do that, you can get emails sent out for every new post. There’s a bar at the top of my blog (on a computer) for sign-up.

  20. Hi Rhoda! This is my favorite part of your blog. Love your mom and dad so much and glad to hear your dad is feeling better! My dad is now 87 and has had a hard time since the end of December from several falls to a brain bleed, he is now in assisted living and coming along. My sister and I do not know what happened to the first 6 months of this year, where did it go! My dad is a strong Texas man though and continues to amaze us. He misses his house and working outside. Lovely garden! Thanks for sharing.

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