By Kim Adams Graham
Jeffrey Jernigan has planted his first garden. He has red bell pepper, tomatoes, crookneck squash, crimson spineless okra, jalapeno pepper, cayenne pepper and banana peppers.
He weeds the garden with a hula hoe or sometimes called a stirrup hoe. Jernigan said, “A weed is a plant out of place.”
Jeffrey has an owl in the garden that makes a sound when something like a rabbit or squirrel gets too close. The owl makes a strange noise and runs the varmints away.
His Uncle John McGowan put a fence around the garden to further help keep critters out of the garden. Jeffrey with a big smile on his face said, “Uncle John put up this fence.”
Jeffrey’s garden is surrounded by fruit trees. He has a plum tree, pear tree, muscadine vine, and pecan trees.
His yard is also filled with camellia bushes.
Jeffrey plans to sell his vegetables at the farmers market.
Jeffrey Moore, extension agent, is teaching Jeffrey Jernigan about spraying for insects and disease. He is also teaching him how to weed and tie up tomatoes.