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Suttill Gardens' Years Of Experience Contribute To Success
Growing a vegetable garden takes a combination of skill and hard work.
But growing a seven-acre garden, like Suttill's Garden, also takes
"It's just something that I was brought up with. I did it all my life."
50 years of planting, growing, and harvesting produce.
"We grow tomatoes, peppers, zucchini."
And the list goes on...
"Yellow squash, pickles, okra, corn."
"Potatoes, onions, green beans, fava bean."
Nearly 30 different types of produce. And according to Suttill's daughter Jacque, nobody knows how to garden quite like him.
father knows what he's doing," Jacque Suttill Simpson said. "He knows a
lot. So if someday I can even just know a quarter of what he knows, I
will feel like I've accomplished something."
Suttill began learning how to garden when he was just a boy.
we was a kid, we had to work and after we got out of school, before we
got out of school, and before we went to school, we had to work in the
field," Suttill said.
Suttill learned about gardening from his
father, who learned from his grandmother. Now, he's teaching his
children and grandchildren so they can carry on the family legacy.
taught us how to plant properly and how to put the seeds into the flats
and how to pick the things that he wants done," said Caitlyn Simpson,
Suttill's favorite part of gardening is planting and working in the greenhouse, but he has other jobs, too.
"My job is usually waiting on customers here and sorting, washing vegetables, and so fourth," Suttill said.
may have a green thumb, but there's one part of the gardening he can't
control - the weather - which is taking its toll on his crops this
"Doing terrible," Suttill said. "Too much rain. Too much
rain, the fields are muddy. Had to pump water off. It's been a
terrible, terrible string."
But Suttill is hoping mother nature cooperates when he plants his cold crops in a couple of weeks.
"Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, radishes."
Through the ups and downs, Suttill says he can't imagine doing anything else.
"It's just enjoyable," Suttill said.