My dad – vegetable gardener of 8 decades!

We are celebrating my Dad’s 90th birthday this weekend near High Wycombe! Here’s some pictures of Dad in his edible garden in Chandlers Ford , Hampshire!  He started growing vegetables during the last world war in Eastleigh, Hampshire. He remembers growing two of my favourite (tasty) potatoes – Sharpes Express and King Edward on what is now the recreation ground in Derby Rd., Eastleigh in the 1940s!   When I was growing up in Eastleigh (later Chandlers Ford), we always had some fresh greens and fruit from the garden. Dad was a carpenter / joiner all his life, but started writing about local history on his retirement.
He wrote amongst others  “1630 and 1693 Rentals of Bishops Waltham Manors with 1550 Bursledon 1550 Bitterne and Weston 1573 Ashton part 2 and 3″,  Not Only North Stoneham But Also”  

He even  learned medieval latin and translated a medieval pipe roll, published in 1998:

He also became an artist as a pensioner and painted many old local houses!

Happy 90th, Dad, this is for you!!

Loganberries – this plant has produced loads of berries since the 70s when I lived here
Loganberries on the way
Dad has always grown Broad Beans
Courgettes ready to go in
Tomatoes are grown in the greenhouse and also outside
A blackcurrant bush that originate as a cutting from Norway, with a wilding Hazel which needs to be removed :)
Multicropping of broad bean, rhubarb, blackcurrant and hazel
Dad has always grown Runner Beans
View from the garden towards the woods and the Monks Brook stream
Broad beans
Harold G. Barstow, vegetable gardener of 8 decades at 90!
Dad with his broad beans
The greenhouse
Not forgetting Mum, here next to her ornamental bed (there are a few edimentals in there!)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Perennial vegetables, Edimentals (plants that are edible and ornamental) and other goings on in The Edible Garden