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To really bring everything together from this little story of mine, we celebrated Poppop’s birthday on Saturday. He and I both enjoy cooking so we spent the afternoon in the kitchen making a recipe from one of his favorite cookbooks. Note the duct tape holding it together. We had a great time together and made a spectacular dish. Happy birthday Poppop!
You know how certain smells just remind you of a person? Whether this is a compliment or not, the garden shed smell always reminds me of my Grandmother. I walk in and think, “Hey Grandma, what’s happening?” Tomato sauce smell always makes me think of my Poppop. The man loves spaghetti and makes a badass meatball. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to visit him and the smell of sauce greets me at the door. I cannot smell tomato sauce without thinking of Poppop. Jelly beans and leggings, on the other hand, remind me of his partner in crime (my Mommom) but we’ll save that for another story. So why am I thinking of tomato sauce before a tomato has even appeared on my plants? It’s because I have buckets! Buckets that were once used to hold tomato sauce from one of my very favorite restaurants. Allow me to put in a quick plug for them…Genova’s To Go…locations in both Maryland and Pennsylvania…family run by real live Italians…pizza and subs that will knock your socks off…and also where I happened to meet my lovely husband. Check them out! Pick up a pizza and possibly a husband too. You will not regret it! We will now return to our regularly scheduled bucket discussion…
After perusing You Tube videos and Pinterest finds on how to increase planting space in small yards, I got it into my head that I should try planting in 5 gallon buckets. They can be moved all around the yard to follow the sun and quite a few things can be grown in them. You can even get really fancy and rig up a self watering system with the buckets, some hosing, and various doodads. The self watering bit is intriguing to me, but I wanted to test out bucket planting before throwing myself into a technical undertaking. Just about every video and article suggested asking local restaurants and bakeries for cast away food grade buckets rather than buying new ones. Supposing you don’t want to run around town begging for buckets from your favorite eateries, Home Depot does sell packs of food grade buckets. I, however, enjoy asking for strange favors from my old restaurant friends. A quick correspondence with my buddy D via carrier pigeon and used buckets are now in my possession. They once carried sauce so guess who they smell like!? Maybe no carrier pigeons were actually involved but the thought did make the story more interesting, right?
Welcome to The Green Brick Road. My name is Valerie, and I invite you to join me and my family on our gardening adventure. We hope that you will learn with us and grow with us. Pun intended!