The West wasn’t won on salad

Tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, onions, blackberries, basil, watermelon, and squash. Not bad for a garden less then three feet wide.

That is from a North Dakota Beef Council advertisement in 1990, but I think it’s an entirely appropriate way to begin a post on the fruit and vegetable garden at CRC World Headquarters. We have significant progress, especially compared to last year when Bad Mommy decided she was too cheap to water and bad veggies rebelled and decided not to produce anything edible.


So I’m just going to show you around a bit and sprinkle in some vegetable humor along the way.

“Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity. You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it.”  – S.J. Perelman

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ” – Lewis Grizzard


“Last night we had three small zucchini for dinner that were grown within fifty feet of our back door. I estimate they cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $371.49 each.” – Andy Rooney

“The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menancing the other vegetables. At night you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt.” – Dave Barry


“It’s a guy thing to plant vegetables in your front flower bed, but then again, it’s also a guy thing to ut them out back in a big rectangle. It’s a little radical to put them in front, a statement that you can do whatever you want in your own damn yard.” – Warren Schultz

“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” – President George Bush, 1990

“Most plants taste better when they’ve had to suffer a little.” – Diana Kennedy

The West wasn’t won on salad

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