Winter Break and Planning

After a long break from posting, I am back at least to say hello to everyone who reads my blog and hope you all are doing well.  My garden is at rest since fall.  Not much digging to do yet, but potatoes should be planted in March so I do have my pick axe and shovel ready.

Since I was blessed to make it to 70 years of age this January, I started thinking about how to make gardening easier for me, especially the digging and pick-axing part, so I rounded up eight empty feed tubs my daughter uses for her cattle. I drilled holes in the bottoms, put in a layer of small rocks and old wood pieces and will fill the rest with some organic garden soil.  Really looking forward to see how this works out and if I can make my containers produce healthy vegetables like you see in all those seed catalogs!

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As always, never giving up hope that this year will be a great year for an abundant vegetable harvest.  Haven’t had such a pleasure in several years, but this may be the one. Grasshopper plagues, drought, late killing frosts, and garden pests have really contributed to disappointments in gardening the last several years. But I will not give up. I really do appreciate all the people who can grow beautiful and healthy organic vegetables and I strive to be one of them. Learning how to do so never ends.

So what am I doing while awaiting the next planting time?  I’m enjoying looking at all the seed catalogs! What a fantastic array of vegetables God has created for our eating pleasure.  Getting orders ready for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Seeds from Italy.

Even in winter, the garden is a lovely place. I feed the birds there, take pictures of them, sit and read on warmer days, watch my little dogs play, and await every evening to see what kind of a sunset show there will be!

Blessings to you all.

The most common bird in my garden is the Mockingbird, Arkansas’s state bird. This one taken today as I was out with my 3 little dogs in the garden.

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A sunset show photo from last night over our pasture and round bales.

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Earth Day in the Garden

041Every day is Earth Day in my garden and in my life.  Why?  Because I believe in God who created the earth, everything upon it, and everything beyond.  This Wondrous Being has given me life and allowed me to “tend my garden” on His beautiful Earth.  Imagine if every person born upon the Earth tried his whole life to take good care of the area upon which he dwelt, so that if the generous Benefactor one day should stop by, all would be clean and well-cared for, thereby showing how appreciative he was for the amazing gifts which were bestowed upon him.  How very sad there seem to be so few people who care.  But, some people have tried throughout Earth’s history to be grateful tenders of Creation so there is hope!  Whatever Earth Day was meant to be, politically, economically or otherwise, it is a good idea to remind us creatures not to trash our earthly home and to ever strive at cleaning up after those who don’t care.  It seems like we will always have such people doesn’t it?  Look at all the folk who clean up litter along the highway from those who toss it out their windows.  Truly caring people at this moment are trying to clean up toxic waste, promote clean energy sources, promote true healthy living and prevent more contamination and trashing of the Earth.  May God bless the work of their hands.

As a 68-year-old grandmother I’m not able to invent small solar panels which would provide free power for home use (wow, wouldn’t that be something), but I will continue to tend my little organic garden, and not just within this garden, but in my “extended garden” of life, trying to do no harm to people, other creatures or the environment and be grateful for my life upon the Earth.

One of my favorite quotes is from Joel Salatin; from the first time I read this quote I have made it my motto:

I am a caretaker of creation. I don’t own it. What I’m supposed to do is leave it in better shape for the next generation than I found it.