The Professor of Pumpkin

The Professor and his students

When Papa retired, the garden grew in size and volume.  He extended the garden to include what was formerly a pasture.  By now, the garden was at least an acre.  He began experimenting with different plants and food crops, and added these newcomers to the basic garden staples of corn, beans, okra, strawberries, squash, watermelon, tomatoes, pumpkins, and cabbage.  He grew popcorn – that’s right, popcorn!  That really popped!  He added peanuts, and there were peanuts drying everywhere.  But the most amazing products to come out of the garden were the giant pumpkins.  How he did this, I don’t know.  Fertilizer, extra water, lullabies, what??

You can see the tractor shed at the background of this picture.  The area behind Dad and the pumpkins is the traditional garden area.  He expanded the garden to the left of the picture.  He’s sitting in the shade of the apple tree.  When I was little girl, Mom and Dad planted the apple tree with the plan that we would have an apple crop someday.  We never ate those apples.  They were scrawny and puny and spotted, and they lay on the ground and drew bees.  Best laid plans….

LilSis will probably remember when Dad retired.  I don’t.  I was already out of the house, perhaps finished with the university 4-year tour and married.  Or Team Deno/Rawls!  Somebody’s got to know something.


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6 Responses to “The Professor of Pumpkin”

  1. Kariann Says:

    Papa was such a handsome, strong man. I loved when he mailed us peanuts and popcorn that he grew. I bet my dad knows when he retired.


  2. Becky Says:

    I think he retired in 1978 or 1979, because I believe it was my junior year in college. I’m thinking first or spring of 1979, actually, but not certain.


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