Spring is definitely in the air and you know what that means – it is garden time and time to mow yards.

Spring is definitely in the air and you know what that means – it is garden time and time to mow yards.

As I am writing this week's column, I see WXY Sporting Goods, 1104 W. Harmony St., Neosho, will host the Master Gardeners Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. This sale will be a good time for all of us to get various plants and vegetables ready for the gardens. The sale will include perennials, annuals, flowers, shrubs, herbs and vegetables.

Now, I will admit, I am not a very good gardener, but growing up in Newtonia, we always had a vegetable garden. Dad used the garden tiller to make the rows and till the garden. My mom followed behind and yes, Greg and I helped put the seeds into the dirt. We would have tomatoes, green beans, corn, potatoes and other vegetables.

There were times that dad took us outside to help dig up the potatoes when they were ready. That was a neat experience and maybe why I love potatoes a lot. I remember that the garden – which was located in the backyard near the fenced-in part of the yard grew over the years.

As a treat for summer barbecues, we would make homemade fries from the potatoes. Let me tell you, there is nothing like fresh potatoes made into either French fries or a baked potato with a steak or hamburger. Now I am hungry.

Other fond memories of the gardening included shucking corn and doing the green beans. There were even times that we would freeze the finished product to have later on with dinner.

Moving on to the mowing side of the column: last Sunday, I went out to my parents and grandmother's house to mow their yards. It was a great day to do just that.

I enjoy mowing either using a push mower or a riding mower. The only thing that I have not mastered yet is using the weed eater. Anyway, mowing is a time for me to relax, listen to some music and think about life.
As I was mowing, I thought about an old Snapper riding mower that my parents had when I was a kid. Dad usually came home from work and after dinner, jumped on the mower, cutting the front yard first before eventually moving to the fenced-in back yard where our dog was.

A few years ago, I asked my parents if I could start mowing their yard again, along with mine. There are times that Tina and I go out to their house and she will do the riding part of the mowing, while I take the push mower around the trees and in the ditch area. Let me tell you, it is great exercise.

As I end this week's column, I hear mowers going around town.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at thigdon@neoshodailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at @toddghigdonNDN