“I think about the origin of things,” said Yankton gardener Wayne Nelson-Stastny. The article “Wayne’s Hobby Garden” article from Sept. 6 appears in the Press & Dakotan website archives.

“I grew up on a farm north of Wagner looking through seed catalogs. We always had a big garden and my grandparents lived a quarter mile away. Grandma gardened and canned next door. Gardening was a part of my childhood.”

“Gurney Seed and Nursery was a sixty-mile drive. We’d go in the store on the creaky wooden floor and smell popcorn and see all the seed packets on the wall. The seed packets weren’t fancy. There were so many. They covered the walls. Some kids might look at a Sears and Roebuck catalog and go to the toy section. I got to go where they’re making the toys!” he said.

“At the counter, they’d have the one cent variety seed packets for kids, that I got to grow. I’d have my row in the garden, though I helped Mom. The packet had several kinds of seeds. I’d see what came up,” Wayne said.

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