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by Kendall Bentz

Row of squash in the garden of Mr. James -- photo by Kendall Bentz.

Row of squash in the garden of Mr. James — photo by Kendall Bentz.

The second season of community gardening is in full swing at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.  Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers have been hard at work tending to their garden plots and assisting AFRH residents in a variety of ways – from the planting and upkeep of residents’ plots to planting and maintaining an impressive, colorful flowerbed, to general upkeep of the garden area.

My wife, Carrie, and I assist resident Jessie James, along with volunteers Susan Webb and Kellie and Conrad Williams. 

This is my second year working alongside Mr. James, and while I’ve learned a lot, I still find myself struggling to keep pace with him.  He typically beats me out to the garden on Saturday mornings and is well at work by the time I arrive. He’s an octogenarian with high octane in his tank!

On a cool Saturday morning in early May, Mr. James and I prepped the ground for planting.  He tilled the plot twice to soften up the ground and then started marking out the rows. 

Mr. James tilling the garden in preparation of planting -- photo by Kendall Bentz.

Mr. James tilling the garden in preparation of planting — photo by Kendall Bentz.

line and photo credits go to Kendall Bentz

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