I like the smell of the freshly turned dirt! I like the sense of accomplishment after planting a row of seeds. It's exciting to see the first sprouts and watch the plants grow. It's fun to watch the bees and other insects enjoy the flowers. Then to pick the first vegetable or flower is rewarding. Having enough produce to put some away for another day makes me feel good knowing that I will be able to taste summer in the winter.
Gardening. God is the Master Gardener. He created the first garden and it was Good!
My parents have always had a large garden for putting up much of the vegetables we used for the winter.
I remember the very first garden plot that my Daddy tilled for me when I was a girl. I planted green beans and carrots. I know I planted more, but I don't remember what. It was fun tending that little garden. Even pulling the weeds was fun for at least a little while.
After I got married we lived in an apartment. We had a couple of flower pots. I found that I'm either not very good with flowers or I'm not very good with pots, but I enjoyed them while they lasted. I usually forget to water them and they don't forgive me.
When we moved into our first home, we started a garden. That first year many of the plants didn't do well, but I didn't give up. I know the soil was poor. We moved the garden to a different location and kept working on it. I was able to grow okra and cowpeas very successfully every year. I also found that cantaloupe grew pretty well. Anything else I planted just depended on the year whether we got much produce from it or not.
|April 9, 2010|
Last year we moved in the spring and Clark was born in June, so we didn't try to put in a garden. I really missed going outside. It was a very hot summer and I wished I had a garden just so I had a reason to go outside for a little while everyday. In the fall we built our raised bed frames, as I don't want to fight with the poor rocky soil. The frames are finished, but we haven't put the weed barrier and dirt in them yet. I need to get busy working on them so I can get my garden planted for this year. There are plenty of weeds growing in the frames that need to be pulled before I can finish.
|October 8, 2011|
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