Over the last few years I have had an increased interest, even giddiness, when seeing a garden of any kind. Happening upon a garden unexpectedly is like finding that once lost money in your jacket pocket. Whether it’s a community garden or a home garden, it’s fun to see what other people are planting, what varieties they have, and techniques they use. Slowly but surely, I have become more open with asking people about their gardens and I have been pleasantly surprised that people are just as excited to share what they have going on as I am about finding out! By sharing what others have in their garden, I hope to give new ideas to fellow gardeners, increase the interest in locally grown food and bring awareness of gardeners in different areas that one might not have known of before.
So, first up… We have Mr. Bubba!
Mr. Bubba and his wife, Linda, have a garden in Scott, MS. While he has always had a garden, he recently expanded to include raised beds and a soon to be high tunnel. With roughly two acres of land, he hopes to expand the garden even more to utilize the entire area.
Mr. Bubba’s wife recently received a grant to build a high tunnel. A high tunnel, also known as a hoophouse, is an unheated greenhouse used to extend the growing season. In the spring, fall and winter, the high tunnel can hold heat inside creating a more desirable temperature for crops. In the summer, the sides and/or ends can be raised for increased airflow through the high tunnel. Mrs. Linda found out about the grant through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Once the high tunnel is complete, Mr. Bubba plans to build raised beds inside.
Since the recent expansion, Mr. Bubba has grown cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers and cantaloupe. He is still harvesting okra and has started greens, cabbage and broccoli for the fall. (All looking great!) Mr. Bubba has also started an asparagus bed! All of these are grown in-ground or in raised beds. So far the produce has been sold in Scott or used by the family, but he hopes to sell to restaurants in the area as well.
When asked if there was something he wanted to grow, but hadn’t yet (space or climate restraints), Mr. Bubba responded with sweet corn. It just needs too much space for what he has available at the moment. He doesn’t garden any ornamentals and he doesn’t have any animals like chickens or goats; at least not yet!
I asked Mr. Bubba if there was a gardening tip or trick he was willing to share and he replied with the same question back to me! I also asked where Mr. Bubba went for gardening questions, to which he replied, “I go to you.” To that, I say thank you!
For a little more insight into who Mr. Bubba is, I asked what his favorite vegetable was. He answered, “Where do I start?” Which I think, says it all…
Thank you Mr. Bubba for taking the time to answer my questions. I hope to be just as helpful in the future with all of your gardening endeavors and I wish you the best of luck in your gardening adventure!