Currently

Stuff of Interest To Me and Maybe You Too:
I would say “before” but it’s not really before when it’s how it is today. So currently, my new garden spot looks like this. Brad sprayed the grass to kill it (obviously) last fall.killed grass

I was going to have him till it up for me, but the dead grass just scrapes away. I’m going to see if I can plant in it and keep the dead as a little weed prevention. It worked for planting onions but might be difficult for things that need to be planted deeper. We’ll see if the ground is loose enough for things to get their roots down. I did see a worm, which should help!

onions planted

Onions are in there.

This celery will go in the garden once it gets roots on it. It’s just the bottom of the celery I bought at the grocery store. I chopped it off and stuck it in a little water.
growing celeryYou really should try this if you haven’t before. It’s so amazing and grows celery you can eat, or that the neighborhood dogs can unload on and in that case it kind of makes you afraid of eating it. At least you’re not out much if that happens.

I’ll be happy to show you “after” pictures of those current things. Remind me if it gets to June and I haven’t.

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Another great recommendation from my friend Jailyn. Take a moment to listen.

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Look what beauty I got from another friend. They’re not dyed either. She just has creative chickens. The middle and last egg aren’t white if it appears that way on your screen. They’re a lovely light blue green. It will be sad to crack them.

colorful eggs

Family:
We didn’t get a nice family picture on Easter, but my sister took nice pictures of all of us. She forgot to tell me my eyes were disappearing.

Acts 2:22-24
“…Listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 24 But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”

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My Little Garden

I thought it would be fun to take a picture of my little garden every two weeks because a garden changes so much throughout the garden season. I did a great job at the beginning getting my pictures every two weeks, and then for some reason(s) I can’t put my finger on it felt like I lost all control and organization in life. As you will see, my garden reflects this craziness. Every two weeks went out the window. God is a God of order, so I’m fighting to get things back in control without becoming even more control freakish than I already am. Where is the balance?!

So I can quit trying to remember to take a picture of my garden every two weeks, here are the pictures up today. You will see no more after this.

 

 

Tomato Plant

Is there hope for this tomato plant? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Sad TomatoHe fed a very healthy worm for longer than he should have and I wonder if when we tried to kill the worm we hurt the plant too, but I don’t really know.

Worm Eaten Tomato  PlantHis leaves are brown and curled on the edges.

Brown Tomato LeavesDuring my hour of peace and quiet working in the garden this morning, I decided maybe tomato plants reflect their gardener. My tomato plants should be labeled: “Farmers wife with three young children and a messy house who needs an attitude adjustment, who really shouldn’t even want her tomatoes to be healthy because if they are then she’s going to have to try to not be stressed by really wanting to can them along with still doing everything else she’s failed to not be stressed by most of this summer…”

I think the tomato plant and I need some rain.

Hosea 6:3
So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth. 

I’m going to go vacuum.

Carrot Harvest

I interrupt the corn harvest discussion to show you some of our carrot harvest.

Remarkable I’d say.

Carrots are the only thing we’ll be harvesting from our garden for the rest of the year. Thanks to frost it now looks like death.

Frost Hit GardenI’ve never been so saddened by frost. To keep us from leaving on such a sad note, I’ll leave you with some pictures of my children. They do have beautiful smiles but don’t know how to show them in pictures.

Peppers

In order to show you a nice picture of my garden I avoided the spot with the dead pea plants and lots of weeds. You’re looking at carrots in the back, potato plants crowding the rhubarb which will someday be crowding my asparagus. The last time I “gardened” was when my mom put “pick beans” on my list of chores for the day. Considering that, I’ve felt really blessed by this garden. I would choose to play in the garden over cleaning and cooking most any day.

Wednesday I picked those two buckets of produce. It really equals out to two ice cream buckets of beans, a few pathetic looking tomatoes and a lot of some type of pepper. My garden missed the memo that I wanted to be able to make pico de gallo with what it produced. The cilantro grew great but blossomed and turned into coriander long ago. I now have peppers coming out my ears but most tomatoes the seem like they’ll wait until August to turn red.

Beans are under the tomatoes and peppers in the picture, so I don’t have THAT many peppers. I just have more than I know how to handle. Any great ideas? Would you like some? I could give you some whole coriander to go with them too; and if that’s not enough to make you want some, I could get some zucchini from someone and throw that in too. Seriously.