Gardening Tips From Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer


Thelma’s garden always had a bumper crop of vegetables. She says she started growing her own veggies for two reasons: to know they were free of pesticides, and because the kids would be more likely to eat them if they helped grow them. Follow her tips to help your harvest and to get more veggies on the plates in your home.

    When it comes to radishes, Thelma swears by the Farmer’s Almanac, which says to plant them by the dark of the moon or they’ll go to tops. When she doesn’t follow it, she doesn’t have radishes!

    While the stalks are delicious, rhubarb leaves are poisonous if eaten. Thelma has found a great use for them nonetheless – keeping aphids away. Put a pound of chopped rhubarb leaves in a pot, and add a quart of boiling water. Let the mixture sit overnight, strain it and add a tablespoon of detergent. Then, place the liquid in a spray bottle and spritz your plants with it every now and then.

    Never count out the seeds you’ve planted. Thelma once waited years for parsley plants to grow from seed. When they finally sprouted, she was tickled.

    Thelma grows onions every year. Since they’re hardy perennials, they keep going without any maintenance. She likes to put them in her garden next to her beets and carrots to help keep the bugs away.

    To prevent weeds and rotting, Thelma keeps her cucumbers mulched with rhubarb leaves or grass clippings. There’s no need buy mulch when your garden provides it for free!

    Thelma’s advice for tomatoes and peppers is to water them about an inch a week. With the right amount of sun, they’ll grow like the dickens!