LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The 2013 garden growing season is not over yet but it’s winding down fast here in the Paint Lick suburbs at 249 Charlie Brown Road. And it has been, easily so, the best growing season that I have experienced this young century.
Late last Sunday afternoon I hustled through the garden trying to beat the approaching rain storm but I still got drenched. Even so, I brought in a five gallon bucket full of stuff — a big mess of Bufford Caudill fall beans, Bodacious sweet corn, Brandywine and Molly Helton tomatoes, a couple of English cucumbers and half a dozen huge, thick-walled bell peppers.
So I said to Loretta I believed these were the best peppers we’ve had since we’ve lived here and she said, “Nope these are the best bell peppers you’ve ever grown since I’ve known you and please don’t be putting how long that’s been in the paper because some people think I still look young.”
My wife is becoming vain in her old age but please don’t tell anybody I said that cause it might get back to her. Meanwhile, let’s get back to the garden.
We are eating on and sharing our third crop of sweet corn of the year this week. Loretta has the same opinion of it as she has of the peppers. Back around the first of August, I told my brother Keeter I’d just planted a row of late-season bodacious and he said, “Well it might make fodder, but it won’t make corn.”
Not only did it make corn but the ears are huge and the kernels so sweet they make my false teeth hurt. I’m taking some over to Tom and Julie Miller’s in Berea to cook out Wednesday evening so that I’ll have witnesses. Even my skeptical brother will believe Julie Miller. Actually, he’ll believe Loretta but I figure two solid witnesses are better than one. That’s not to suggest Tom is not also a reliable witness, but Keeter will believe anything a woman tells him while he doubts most men if they claim to be friends of mine.