Wednesday, Nov 22nd, 2017

Planting memories

Posted on September 8, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]


Edgar McPhee has had a lifelong passion for gardening and he continues to display his green-thumb as a resident at R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish. McPhee planted vegetables in garden boxes on the home’s grounds, which are at a height he can work with from his wheelchair. McPhee noted he has been at the R.K. for two years and he has done the gardening both years. “Last year and again this year,” he said, adding his crops include; “cucumbers, turnip, beans [green and yellow], beets, onion, and tomatoes.” Asked about his selections, McPhee said they’re choices “we can use” and it’s noted he also shares his produce with some folks outside of the R.K. as well. “In my big garden, I would also have zucchini and pumpkins,” McPhee said, pausing to search his memory for other produce he may have tried in the past. He noted the “big garden” was in Arichat, where he lived for a number of years, and he also had a good size one while living and working in Sydney. “In Coxheath” he said, getting more specific about the location. “I did a lot of gardening there.” McPhee said gardening around the R.K. does take him back to those days, when it was such a big part of his life. He noted, as well, he had to do a little extra seeding this year because of some unwanted visitors. “One groundhog and two raccoons, they were cleaning out the garden,” he said, with a chuckle, about dealing with the clever critters and his compensating seeding. “That’s why it’s so heavy now, I planted extras seeds.” From River Bourgeois, Cape Breton, McPhee noted he is related to former Montreal Canadiens’ forward Mike McPhee who also called the Richmond County community home. “He’s a second cousin,” McPhee said, noting their fathers were first cousins. Asked if that meant he cheered for Montreal, McPhee said it meant he started to. “I grew up a Detroit [Red Wings] fan” he said, with a large grin. “Then I switched.”

Edgar McPhee has had a lifelong passion for gardening and he continues to display his green-thumb as a resident at R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish.
McPhee planted vegetables in garden boxes on the home’s grounds, which are at a height he can work with from his wheelchair.
McPhee noted he has been at the R.K. for two years and he has done the gardening both years.
“Last year and again this year,” he said, adding his crops include; “cucumbers, turnip, beans [green and yellow], beets, onion, and tomatoes.”
Asked about his selections, McPhee said they’re choices “we can use” and it’s noted he also shares his produce with some folks outside of the R.K. as well.
“In my big garden, I would also have zucchini and pumpkins,” McPhee said, pausing to search his memory for other produce he may have tried in the past.
He noted the “big garden” was in Arichat, where he lived for a number of years, and he also had a good size one while living and working in Sydney.
“In Coxheath” he said, getting more specific about the location. “I did a lot of gardening there.”
McPhee said gardening around the R.K. does take him back to those days, when it was such a big part of his life.
He noted, as well, he had to do a little extra seeding this year because of some unwanted visitors.
“One groundhog and two raccoons, they were cleaning out the garden,” he said, with a chuckle, about dealing with the clever critters and his compensating seeding.
“That’s why it’s so heavy now, I planted extras seeds.”
From River Bourgeois, Cape Breton, McPhee noted he is related to former Montreal Canadiens’ forward Mike McPhee who also called the Richmond County community home.
“He’s a second cousin,” McPhee said, noting their fathers were first cousins.
Asked if that meant he cheered for Montreal, McPhee said it meant he started to.
“I grew up a Detroit [Red Wings] fan” he said, with a large grin. “Then I switched.”

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