Old pictures tell some interesting stories and often remind us of details long forgotten.
My Dad always enjoyed working in his garden, especially the vegetable garden. I have a vision of that garden in my mind, and can tell you how he rowed up his vegetables and what he planted where. And I remember that he always had a row of flowers along the edge of the garden.
But until I found this picture, I did not remember that he once grew a zinnia that was over six feet tall.
That might not be a world record, but that is one tall zinnia. I betcha my Dad's zinnias were taller than your Dad's zinnias!
His secret was in the soil. All the leaves and grass clippings seemed to end up in the garden, enriching the soil year after year. I try to do the same with my gardens. Though I don't bag my lawn clippings, I do have compost bins and put all that rich compost back into my own raised bed vegetable garden every year.
It makes a difference. With good soil in the garden, it is amazing what you can grow.