I was actually planning on doing this post in January when we would all be hoping for some warmth and nice weather. Mrs. Stoney’s grandfather was a fantastic gardener. What made him even more fantastic was the fact that he grew a wonderful garden in a very cold zone 4 garden. His home in the mountains of southern Idaho is as close to a zone 3 as you can get. I’ll bet they have less that 70 frost free days during the year. Even given all the obstacles he was still able to grow tomatoes, melons, peppers and cucumbers in his hand built green house.
We lost Grandpa last night, his old body finally gave out after 95 great years. So I thought today would be a fitting day to show off all the hard work and fantastic veggies he grew. Even at 95 years old he still managed to take care of his greenhouse this last summer. In fact we visited him twice last summer the first time in early July. When we walked into his house and he was sitting at his table eating a lunch of cucumbers and tomatoes. This was weeks before I had either in my garden and I live in a zone 5/6.
These pictures were taken on August 19th of this year. To give you an idea of how cold it can get in this area, he had his first fall frost a couple of days after we left.
We will all miss grandpa, he lived a great long life full of wonderful experiences. He worked as a farmer and rancher all his life and always had a story to tell us. He will be greatly missed. We love you Grandpa!