I have been so excited to start this garden. In mid-April the garden fence was finally made, and I transplanted some of my seedlings with success (well so far at least). I thought about purchasing a white picket fence from a garden center but then after thinking about it I opted for having it made out of scrap materials that were already on hand. My brother had offered some wooden trellises that he took down but there weren’t enough to go all around the plot. Trellises all around would have looked nice. I suppose I could have purchased the extra that was needed…now that I think about it, but I didn’t think about that then, and the fence is already up.
Well, I really like how this garden plot turned out. I fertilized the soil with some of the composted soil I made from the compost bin I had been working on since last summer and I also purchased bags of fertilizer and more composted manure. If you remember the compost bin I was worked on over last summer, it was tilled into the soil of another plot before it fully decomposed. After it was tilled I removed two large barrels of soil and set them aside for this new garden plot. I continued to water and turn the mixture of compost and soil as it sat directly under open sun for three weeks and sure enough it decomposed well and gave me nice nutrient rich fertile soil. When the soil was ready and when the fence for this new plot was up, I poured all that good soil into the plot and so far all is looking well. I am very satisfied with how everything has turned out (so far:)).
So I originally wrote those two paragraphs above in April. I wanted to get around to finishing that post but never actually sat down to do it until now. I made some adjustments to those paragraphs as far as talking about the dates are concerned but aside the dates…everything else I wrote is just about right. It’s now mid-May and the garden is still coming along pretty good. I planted summer squash, blue lake green beans, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, sugar pumpkins, and sweet peppers in that small plot. I hope they all grow well. I made five long narrow raised rows and four small raised rows. The squash and the pumpkins are in the four small raised rows. The long rows are reserved for the green beans, snap peas, tomatoes and sweet peppers. I did take several pictures of the garden progress over the last three months and I’d like to share them with you.
The pictures below were taken in mid March when I first began planting the seeds. Some time around the time I began planting the flower garden and vegetable seeds I visited a local nursery and found a beautiful African Violet that I just had to purchase, and the baby succulents at the nursery looked so cute so I couldn’t resist not purchasing two of them. The day I decided to plant the seeds, my mother and I planted them together (I have to take every opportunity I can like this to spend time with my momma), and of course the pets wanted to spend the afternoon with us too so you’ll see a peek of them in these pictures.:)
Nearly a month after I took the pictures above, the plot was set and rows were made and the seedlings were transplanted. Well, some seedlings were transplanted, others still hadn’t grown big enough for me to plant them yet, but they were on their way:
I have been so excited to garden this year! So far it has been tons of fun…so fun. I’m happy with my little plot. I think it’s looking very nice, and I’ll hopefully get a good bunch of fresh veggies out of it this summer. Lets keep our fingers crossed. And before I forget, I did plant corn in a long narrow plot and I am anticipating the result of that plot as I love sweet corn. So to update you all on my May gardening progress, here are the latest pictures I’ve taken of the garden which were taken earlier this morning:
So all, gardening has been very therapeutic and refreshing. I am so thankful for the little blessings the Lord places in our lives. In all my teenage and young adult years…I never thought I would be one to truly embrace the lifestyle I lead now. Some days when I’m outside with the hens, watering the little seedlings and plants, I just have to close my eyes and smile… and thank the Him for being so awesome and so great. God is truly amazing. He really is. I’m not sure if you remember when I wrote that post several months ago about going through a difficult time…well, yes I have passed through a difficult time in life. I had a wound, but guess what? The healing process began and He has been there seeing me through it all. Jesus is Amazing. Life with Him is a day by day, moment by moment process that is so worth experiencing. Maybe someday I’ll share with you what all exactly I have been through, what all exactly I’ve passed through recently. But right now I don’t feel led to write about it…and who knows maybe it’s not meant for me to write about, but whether or not I do or if I don’t~ I hope that if you ever pass through something in your life that has you just utterly clinging on to the Lord, I encourage you to keep clinging on to Him. And dive into the bible to get watered, supplied, and refreshed. Don’t let yourself let go of the Lord. Keep hanging on tight. Keep reading the Word, go out and seek fellowship with other fellow believers and allow the Lord to shelter you during the storm. And everything will be okay.:)
…After spending time out in the garden this morning I came back inside the house and painted a large terra cotta pot. It felt like just the right day to do some unwinding like this. I had Francesca Battistelli’s song Write Your Story on replay today and painted away.:) I love days like this. Thank you Jesus- you are so precious.
It’s day by day all… getting through life is day by day… But getting through life is even moreso incredibly amazing when Jesus is right there walking with you, guiding you through, and carrying you through it all.
Until next time…
And~ Grace, peace, and blessings. <3