I’m always interested to hear what kinds of gardens my grandparents had, so I was happy to have one of my uncles call me out of the blue to meet him for some dinner and garden talk. He had come up to the “big city” for business and had an evening free.
He went through an extensive list of vegetables grown on the family farm, along with an equally impressive list of fruits, nuts, and berries. They grew almost everything they ate, all of it canned and preserved as it was harvested.
Curiously, they didn’t grow any broccoli or cauliflower. My uncle found that a bit odd as well, and wasn’t sure why they didn’t grow these two vegetables. I know why I don’t try to grow them anymore. It’s the worms. No matter what I do (short of using chemicals), I’ve always found those little green worms on any broccoli I’ve tried to grow. And no matter how long I soak the broccoli in salt water to force the worms out of the broccoli, I still find at least one worm when I go to eat it. Gross. Just gross. So I don’t grow broccoli.
The other vegetable I was surprised that they did grow was kohlrabi. I always assumed this was something my Dad started to grow as a new vegetable to try out. Now I have to think about it differently, as an “old German vegetable” that my grandparents grew every year.
To complete the picture of the gardens, orchards, berry patches, and fields on the family farm, I need for one of my uncles or aunt or someone to draw up a diagram showing how the farm was laid out. Then I can add it to the family history. (If any of them are reading this, please have it done before Christmas. Ha Ha. Thank you.)