Thatcher woman, makes gardening a home business
By RODNEY D. BOAM
For 20 years Jill Golson has entered her dill pickles in the Franklin County Fair. There have been a few lapses but for the most part she has been a regular.
This year was one of those lapses. Jill was at a wedding during the time she was supposed to turn in her prized pickles to the fair officials. But that won’t stop her from trying it again next year. She loves the fair.
Her husband Grady grows the cucumbers in their Cleveland garden from harvested seeds and year after year he has quite a crop. They are pretty proud of the produce they grow. In fact, they grow over 20 varieties of vegetables. Grady even grows gourds he makes into birdhouses.
They eat, can or sell everything they grow.
A loyal customer base of neighbors buys some of what the Golson’s grow. Some use the honor box on the porch and others call with requests. During Halloween their pumpkins are a big hit.
The garden has grown over the years and the organic produce has been successful, due to the time and effort of Grady’s tried and true methods.
The water used for the garden comes from catch basins under the rain gutters of their home. They fill them all year and use it to water the garden space.
When it comes time to bottle pickles, Jill is selective and picks out the best ones, without blemishes and sizes them and uses brine made from home-grown dill and garlic. The pickles have a uniquely mild taste and have brought her blue ribbons and sweepstakes ribbons over the years at the Franklin County Fair.
There have been some whites and reds along the way. But the blues have out numbered the rest.
When it’s time to can her veggies, Jill organizes everything in her kitchen so the process goes smooth and she can be as productive as possible in her space.
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