A rainy April in the Catskills doesn’t bounty-up the summer harvest. Seed crops are still in the greenhouse. The late Dan Morse taught me, long ago, that a Catskill Mountain vegetable garden goes in, really, on Memorial Day, or a bit before, if you’re going fishing that weekend.
A big garden was considered something of a necessity, when I got to the mountains, the reason for having a backyard. I didn’t, so Dan lent me a section of his, where he taught me to plant radishes, onions and peas; carrots and pole beans; broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower; rows of corn and hills of potatoes.