Getting garden ready

By Kitsey Burns Harrison -

Kitsey Burns Harrison | Kitsey’s Kitchen

Prepping the garden for spring.

Spring has sprung and I couldn’t be happier. These warmer temperatures we’ve been experiencing have delighted me. I’m ready to be able to sit out on my porch in the afternoons and work in my garden. On Saturday my dad and I spent a good amount of time getting our garden ready for planting season.

I’ve been dreaming and planning for garden season for months now. I’ve probably marked about a hundred things I want in the seed catalog. We only have three small raised beds so I certainly do not have room to plant a hundred things, but it was fun to sit and read about them and put a little check mark beside things that sounding interesting.

I marked a lot of unusual plants, but we’ll probably still go with the traditional favorites. Hopefully next weekend we will go ahead and plant some lettuce and onions. We serve them as what uppity folk would likely call a wilted salad, but if you’re from Yadkin County, or thereabouts, you probably know exactly what I mean when I say “we’re having pinto beans and onions and lettuce for supper.”

Pintos and onions and lettuce was always one of my Mamma’s favorite meals, and it’s one of mine, too.

Once the threat of frost has passed, Dad and I will be planting cucumbers, squash and tomatoes. We may try a few other things as well.

Tomatoes are, without a doubt, my favorite summer crop. Every year I plant way too many for my little garden, but I just can’t help myself. German Johnsons are one of my favorites. I also like Pink Girls, Romas and Better Boys. I’m also a fan of the darker tomatoes like Cherokee Purples. I think they are delicious. We eat homegrown tomatoes like they’re going out of style during the summer months. Nearly every meal we serve some up just sliced and sprinkled with a little salt. I can practically taste them now!

What will you be planting in your garden this summer? I’d love to hear about it. Email me at

Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple and The Elkin Tribune, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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Prepping the garden for spring. the garden for spring.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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