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Garden Growers Series: Part I

Spring means showers, flowers and the start of gardening season. Many of us here at Barry Foods fancy ourselves green thumbers – or at least we try to be – and in this spirit and the spirit of new beginnings that Spring brings each year, we’re launching a blog series that takes you into our gardens. 

A Truck Full of Dirt

Mother’s Day is a big deal in my house. With three daughters, I’m outnumbered four to one, and when May comes around they let me know flowers and a card won’t cut it. 

This year my wife, Bonnie, asked me to build her a garden. In the past, she’s grown a variety of vegetables – zucchini, cucumber, lemongrass, tomatoes – so I wanted to build one large enough to accommodate her needs. Luckily, I had plenty of help. 

On the big day, me and the girls picked a sunny patch in the backyard and got to mapping out the garden’s layout. Once everything was marked and measured, we constructed the frame and interior walls using cedar I had refurbished from our house’s original façade. 

We were just finishing the first set of flower beds when a dump truck came backing up the driveway. Bonnie came out to check on our progress, and we all stood and watched the truck unload its cargo – a mound of soil. Now she and the girls like to joke that this is the Mother’s Day I gave Bonnie a truck full of dirt.

My daughter, Katie, giving her dad a hand.

Beep beep beep.

Bonnie’s Mother Day “gift.”

Almost there.