Happy Memorial Day! On this day when we celebrate all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces to preserve our freedom, I have created my own little tradition to honor my late father, a World War II veteran, an my neighbor, also a World War II veteran.
Because in my part of the country the soil isn’t reliably warm until Memorial Day, I wait to plant the tomatoes and peppers into my vegetable garden until then. How can this possibly honor anyone? Well, until my Dad passed away, I would start tomato seedlings for him. I still start tomato and pepper seedlings for my neighbor, who’s now in his 90s (and still gardening, bless his heart!)
So when I am planting my own garden, I am also thinking of these two men, and of all our veterans. It may seem silly, but it’s definitely a way to keep my Dad’s memory alive and present to me because we both shared a love of gardening.
Of course, this year my tradition backfired a little. In the week preceding Memorial Day, it was sunny and in the 80s to low 90s all week–perfect tomato weather.
Then of course, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, a front came through. It was cold, dreary and damp. The high didn’t make it to 50 degrees.
But that’s okay. We surely needed the rain and as I always say, we have 2 seasons in this state: winter and July. July will be here shortly and I do have to get the garden planted at some point. So here we go, like it or not.
Now I just have to get up my nerve to clean the pond!