Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Church Garden/ PapPap's Garden

Friday was a beautiful day and the right day for planting according to the signs. There is actually some scientific evidence to support planting according to the signs. I used to think it was witchcraft and totally discounted the farmer's almanac. Now, I understand that the gravitational pull from the moon can actually aid in the germination of seeds. In Ecclesiastes 3 it says that:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot...

Who am I to argue with the Word of God? There are definite seasons and times to plant and harvest. With that in mind, I tried to plant a whole lot in one day.

The first activity was the church garden. Our women's ministry is planting a garden for the members of our church with hopes to donate any leftovers to a local food bank. We started the day with praying and then proceeded to plant 2 rows of beans, 6 rows of corn, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers, and I am sure something else, I just can't remember.

While I was working on that, Glen was at my dad's house building a raised bed vegetable garden. We are giving him a garden for his 69th birthday. He has been talking about having a garden since he moved here 3 years ago, but his Rheumatoid Arthritis has prevented him. So, Glen and I decided to make a low maintenance garden that he may enjoy his own tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, peppers, and zucchini without too much work.

When I finished at the church garden and the kids had finished swimming, we went and planted PapPap's garden and had a lovely dinner of venison tenderloin and oven roasted vegetables with my family. It was a great, albeit exhausting day!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Garden transformation- Day Twenty-One

I am so frustrated with blogging because it takes forever for me to figure out how to post pictures. My dear friend at SmallWorld said she would help me, so here is the update until I get a lesson:

The raised bed gardens are up and going. We had a major problem in the beginning because I decided to set the bunnies free. We have 2 bunnies, a mother and her daughter, who have been living in a pitiful hutch that rarely got cleaned for 2 + years. I decided that their lives would be better if we let them out to nibble on the fresh green grass, even if they only lived two more days until the hawks got them.

Well, now we have a fence and a farm dog and the chance of them getting eaten by hawks (like their predecessors) is slim. So.... they have plenty of time to eat the cabbage and broccoli plants in my new raised bed gardens. What a headache! The chickens also enjoyed scratching up the beet and lettuce seed and the dog thought that it was a good "jump" and a place to mark his territory.

We have come up with some temporary fixes, but it looks like a fence inside the fence is in the near future. Pictures will follow.

Tomorrow is planting day for our churches' garden co-op. I am so excited that the Lord is using a passion that I have to minister to others. We are planting a garden for the members of our church to share, with leftovers to share with the poor. Some of it has already been planted. On Monday, several women planted, tomatoes, peppers, and squash. Tomorrow it is beans, corn, and okra. More on that later.

Tomorrow also is the day to build and plant my dad's raised bed garden. While I was planting our raised bed garden a few weeks ago, I decided that I would love to give my dad a garden for his birthday. So that is what we are going to do. Today my dad turned 69 an tomorrow my husband is going to build it while I am planting the church garden. When I am done there, I am coming to plant my dad's garden.

I love spring. I love watching things grow. I love most of all the harvest of the Lord's provision.