The joys of a garden
Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and beans are the Western Hemisphere’s gift to the vegetable gardener. In this country, early settlers planted what they called the Three Sisters, which consisted of squash, beans and corn. Almost everybody was a gardener in order to survive. In today’s world, in most cases, small gardening is a hobby.
Tommy and Kathy Lewis at their home “Tom Cat Farm” in Mathews are a great example of family gardening in this 21st century. They have planted many of the vegetables the settlers deemed vital, and have also included beautiful flowers; and everything is pesticide free.
“I wish I could make gardening my full-time job,” Kathy says with a smile. “It’s a hobby right now and one I love. I have been doing it for 12 years. I came to Mathews to visit 16 years ago, fell in love with it, and here I am. I learn something about gardening new and different every year.”
Tommy admits right away, “I do the tilling, hilling and watering, but it’s really Kathy’s garden. We have tomatoes, peppers, string beans, cucumbers and lots and lots of flowers. We planted 42 cucumber plants on/about April 16.
We’ve been picking cucumbers for about four weeks, eating cucumber salad for breakfast and lunch. I’ve lost nine pounds in three weeks.”