During the summer months, we hire FFA students to help with garden chores, such as stacking wood, moving gravel, hauling away wheel barrows of weeds, mowing, etc. Recently, I asked this season’s helper to sift some compost before putting it on a new section of garden. “Why are there shells in your garden”, he inquired. Now, if he were from Rhode Island, rather than West Virginia, he would have asked,”Why are there quahaugs in your garden”. Quahaugs are large clams from the Narragansett Bay. The shells are in our garden to slowly release calcium into the soil. I put them there because, when we visit family in Rhode Island, I collect bags of various types of shells from the shoreline to bring home for the garden. Continue reading
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