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My Grandma, the foodie.

If you get our weekly enews articles then you’ve met my Grandmother Coulter, the War Cry Lady. She sold the Salvation Army’s magazine in downtown Wichita for years, and never drove or owned a car. It was usually the bus or trike (my favorite) she rode to run errands from her home on Woodland in north Riverside. glenna_trike

She was one of those Grandmothers that would do anything for her grandkids, especially gifting us with hand-knitted socks for Christmas. We called her Grandma ‘Click Click’ because she was always taking pictures with her Argus C3 35mm camera. My how she loved that Argus C3! I remember going on a photo shoot with her with my Kodak Brownie. She taught us how to compose photos, making sure we always got someone in the picture. That advice is something that her grandkids use today in the digital world.

Grandmother Coulter never made much of an income, I’m sure by today’s standards it would be below the poverty level. We never heard her complain about not having much money, in fact it was just the opposite. She gave the Lord thanks for every little blessing that came along and would make her resources go a long way. I vividly remember her saving watermelon seeds to feed the squirrels.

Her garden in Riverside was immaculate. In the spring when the iris and peonies are in bloom, my mind goes straight to her garden. In this day and age, she would be considered a ‘foodie’. One thing I remember coming from her garden every spring was asparagus. Her fresh creamed asparagus was fantastic. She grew asparagus in her alley. Wherever there was a place to grow food, she’d find it. She appreciated the quality, taste and convenience of fresh garden produce.

It’s amazing how many of our food items also make great landscape plants. Instead of evergreens, why not plant asparagus for a 4-5′ screen? It’s fine textured foliage comes back every year after you have enjoyed fresh asparagus. The texture and color of rhubarb leaves make it a nice addition to any perennial bed. Blueberries are an easy to grow super food have nice delicate flowers in the spring along with a nice red fall color.
Fruit trees make great flowering landscape plants and many don’t get any taller than 8-10 ft.

This spring, go have some fun, grab your 35mm camera, and show the grandkids what film is. BTW, does anybody know where I could get some 127 roll film for my Kodak Brownie?

As always – Happy Gardening,
Marty Johnson