About Tom Myrick

"When life kicks you in the butt, use it as energy for forward motion", Tom Myrick. I graduated from a TV/Radio Broadcasting curriculum in 1988. Working as a professional TV News Photojournalist/Media Production Specialist for most of my adult life, I became proficient in many aspects of multimedia production. After completing the Master Gardener program in 2006, I started attending horticulture classes at a local community college. Writing, photography, and gardening are passions of mine. Having a diversified set of work skills and a lifetime of experience, I have written for several online vegetable gardening publications. My mission is to encourage unity and peace among all people throughout the world through vegetable gardening. Play in the dirt, Tom

Beginning to Flow

THE CUKES

Oh boy! The cukes are beginning to flow. With these, we will make one of our favorite summer dishes – cold cucumber soup.

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Continually Yielded Fruit

PACKED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS AND NUTRIENTS

Grown for hundreds of years in the Mediterranean, Asia, and tropical regions of Africa, this pomegranate is one of many growing on this tree. Planted by my father almost 50 years ago, the tree has continually yielded fruit. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, pomegranates are one of our favorite fruits.

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Snuggled Among

SWEET POTATO BLOSSOM

We found this little guy snuggled among the sweet potato vines. This is our first attempt to grow sweet potatoes and thought it was a morning glory flower. After a little online research, we learn that it is a sweet potato blossom and sweet potatoes are in the morning glory family.

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Homegrown Is Always Better

GREENS AND SQUASH

Morning pickin’s, tonight’s supper. The leafy greens keep yielding.

“Leafy greens tend to be shallow-rooted plants that do not demand extremely rich soil, but they do need plenty of sun and a constant supply of water.” (Mother Earth Living)

*Over ten years in the making, our sustainable garden is a no-till, raised-row, organic garden in which the vegetables are rotated seasonally. We are located in the suburbs of the Tidewater Region of Virginia.

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Maximizing the Space

10-FOOT BY 10-FOOT SECTION

One of our mottos is: Don’t plant more than you can take care of.

We planted our fruit vegetables in this 10-foot by 10-foot section of our garden (two tomatoes, three okras, three squashes, and three cucumbers).

Fruit vegetables produce a flower that develops a fruit that has seeds.

A FLOWER DEVELOPS A FRUIT

By maximizing the space among the plants, air and sunlight can reach all of the plants, which is essential for the plant’s health.

MAXIMIZING THE SPACE

“Crowded plants not only discourage growth, they encourage pests and disease.”(Planet Natural Research Center)

The extra space among the rows allows easy access to maintain the plants.

*Over ten years in the making, our garden is a 450-square-foot no-till, raised-row, organic garden in which the vegetables are rotated seasonally. We are located in the suburbs of Tidewater Region of Virginia.

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A Place of Refuge

GARDENING PROVIDES HAVEN

With all the chaos throughout the world, gardening provides me a haven from all the noise. Digging and planting, holding the earth’s soil in my hands, brings me to a place of tranquility.

DIGGING BRINGS TRANQUILITY
PLANTING AND HOLDING THE EARTH’S SOIL

The fragrance and colors of the plants overwhelm my feelings of turmoil and create a sensation of peace that carries with me throughout the day.

COLORS OVERWHELM FEELINGS OF TURMOIL
FRAGRANCE CREATES PEACE

The online medically reviewed article by Dan Brennan, MD – “How Gardening Affects Mental Health,” published by WebMD, states, “Gardening can make you feel more peaceful and content. Focusing your attention on the immediate tasks and details of gardening can reduce negative thoughts and feelings and can make you feel better in the moment. Just spending time around plants eases stress for many people. The sights, smells, and sounds of the garden are said to promote relaxation and reduce stress.”

Of course, all gardeners know this.

NO STRESS HERE

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Lucy Lou’s Zen Garden

LUCY LOU’S ZEN GARDEN

This year we decided to turn Lucy Lou’s kennel into a Zen Garden for her. We constructed a gateway entering her area using old wood fencing rescued from going to the landfill and various perennials that we had collected over the years.

OLD WOOD FENCING RESCUED

We landscaped the entrance with subtropical plants (banana plants, canna lilies, Chinese Fan Palms, daylilies, zebra grasses, elephant ears, Texas Star hibiscuses, gladioli).

PERENNIALS WE HAD COLLECTED

By the end of summer, her garden will be in full growth; however, most of the perennials are cut back to ground level and covered with pine needles by winter.

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