How does your garden grow?

It was farm day today.  Farm day in my Mom’s beautiful, bountiful backyard.

We labeled, and organized and theorized and strategized and iodized.  Just kidding about the iodizing.  I don’t even know how to iodize.

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Mom assessed the situation to see what needed to be bought still.  Then she headed out to the nursery to get what we did not already have.

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Sandy and I then got to work with planting.

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Every child needs to spend some time learning gardening I think.  They need to appreciate that having food is the result of hard work — somebody’s hard work, even when that somebody isn’t you.  Hopefully they will also find that when it is you doing the work it somehow serves to make the food that much more enjoyable.  God knew what He was doing when He made Adam a farmer.  Work +  Dirt + Weather = Food.  There are so many spiritual lessons to draw from the whole gardening scene.  I almost don’t know how any gardener can manage to stay far from God.  So!  Farming was our school today.

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Tigah just watched.  And rolled in the dirt.  And slept under a shady clematis vine.

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And this little corker toddled around and kept us on our toes.

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Each of the kids helped plant a tomato plant.

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I love dirty little garden kids.

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Memories are made of this.  I love this kind of day.  I love this house and this yard.  I was brought home to this house from the hospital ya know.  None of my kids will ever visit the homes they were brought home to from the hospital.  But I’m glad they have the constant of Grandma’s house.

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Hello, lovely little niece.

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Even the little corker planted a tomato plant, after some coaxing.  I think she thought we we were trying to convince her to hold a snake or something.  She protested at first.  But then discovered no snakes were involved and relented.  Or something.

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Then after she planted it, we all cheered and congratulated her on her first planting achievements and she assumed we were cheering for her big sissy so she sweetly patted her on the back several times to join in on the affirmation.

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So I will try to post several updates as to the progress of the garden.  Here is what it looked like at the end of our planting session today.

Peppers, carrots, green onions

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Cucumbers, dill, green beans and strawberries

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Tomatoes and Basil

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Radishes, Parsley, Spinach, Lettuce and Chard

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We also planted a little super dwarf apricot tree.  It will be fun to watch the garden grow.  But more fun to eat it!

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  1. I love the way this post chronicles the day. And I especially like the photo of “lovely niece” in the hat. I think you should enter that one at the fair!

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