Green thumb gives way to bountiful harvest in Amory

EMILY TUBB/MONROE JOURNAL Billy and Linnie Cooperwood stand near just a few of their tomato plants – some of which are up to 8 feet tall.

EMILY TUBB/MONROE JOURNAL
Billy and Linnie Cooperwood stand near just a few of their tomato plants – some of which are up to 8 feet tall.

By Emily Tubb/Monroe Journal

AMORY – Billy Cooperwood has been gardening for 42 years so it’s no wonder he’s perfected a system that has produced tomato plants that reach over eight feet high.

“I have my own technique and once they catch the root, they grow. The trouble is staking them up,” Cooperwood said.
Billy and his wife of 19 years, Linnie, have a well-rounded garden that includes squash, cucumbers, eggplant, okra and peppers, along with the 50 tomato plants Cooperwood set out this year. In the fall, the couple will plant greens, cabbage and onions.

The Cooperwoods claim to mostly just love watching the garden grow and Billy quotes Acts 20:5 in that it is more blessed to give than receive.

“We give our vegetables to the elderly, our friends, or just anybody that comes by,” Cooperwood said.