Gardening and canning

By Victoria Horseley

June 25, 2014

There are many lessons to learn from gardening. Hard work, self satisfaction, patience, nutrition and faith.

When I was growing up, my parents always put out a big garden with a variety of vegetables. We all worked in the garden with every stage. There was planting, weeding, picking and then came the canning and freezing of the food to preserve it for winter.

My parents would invite the family to come out when it was time to dig up the potatoes. We made a weekend of it and had a lot of fun. Everyone helped and no one went home empty handed!

Recently, my mom and I were talking about those times and wondered how many young people these days know how to grow a garden or do canning. It’s not just the food but the time spent together as family and friends. Memories formed that last a lifetime.

Yes, it is hard work but well worth the effort. Nothing is as good as homegrown or homemade in my opinion.

My daughter and I make jam too. We use whatever fruit we can. I sure wish I had the apple trees and pear trees that I grew up with!

I feel blessed that I grew up with that background. I have always enjoyed it and wanted the same for my children and grandchildren.

My daughter and son-in-law have a garden and they work hard at it, even my 2-year-old grandson. He seems to enjoy pulling weeds and helping his dad till up the ground. He even picks beans and puts in his wagon from Ma maw. He enjoys the food too; green beans are a favorite of his.

I think it’s important for children to know where food comes from and how to work hard to make it happen. There is nothing wrong with getting your hands dirty. The sense of pride is amazing when you see what you have accomplished. My older grandchildren enjoy the garden too when they visit in the summer.

I hope that growing your own food is not a lost art over time. I think they are important learning experiences. Even if you live in town you can have a patio garden with buckets for tomatoes, and potatoes just to name a couple.

Plant a garden of vegetables, or flowers with your children or grandchildren and watch it grow! Learn and enjoy and make lasting memories!


If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. Gertrude Jekyll

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. Alfred Austin


Free meals, every Wednesday–11-12:30 pm. EUM Church on 177 Franklin St., Union City, Ohio. Everyone is welcome. For further information, call Dave Smith at 765-964-6855. Union City Board of Public Works

Salem Church of Christ is sponsoring “Picnic Thursdays” every other Thursday from May 15 to Aug. 21. The picnic is held at the Harter Park main shelter house. Each week will feature a different theme.

Dates are : June 26, July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7 and 21, all at 6 p.m.

Family Fun Day is set for July 5 at Harter Park. We hope to see you there. The event will start at 4 pm.

11th Annual Photography Show, set for July 22 to Aug. 14 at the Arts Depot, will be on display during regular business hours. Entry deadline for submission and drop-off of photography for the show. All work must have wire hangers to be accepted. July 18.


July 1 - Walter Dewald Jr. - Happy birthday, Walter!

Victoria Horsley is a volunteer citizen columnist who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Union City News Reel. She can be contacted with local events, news, birthdays or anniversaries at memawthree@woh.rr.com or by calling 937-467-3945. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.