It's a blessing watching things grow...whether it be spiritual maturity, spiritual blessings, children, or other living things. We find such a joy in watching the blessing of life and health grow out of the ground. I never cease to be amazed at the amount of sustenance that comes out of one tiny seed that is cared for and nurtured....there's a sermon in there somewhere, right?
Here's our plots as pictured from the back deck.:
the two long gardens on the right are new to us this year. They house all our leafy greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and about 1/2 of our cucumbers.
Here's several shots of the larger gardens. On the left in the first pic is our "companion plantings" of tomatoes and basil. In the last photo, to the right of the wooden arbor, there is a trellis for our snap peas. About 4 years ago, my dad bought us one of those shade gazebos from Big Lots!....well...the netting only lasted one year. We had kept the iron under the deck under the premise of "We can find some use for this stuff...it's too cool to throw away!". Well, my pops was right. He cut the bottom off of it and Gavin and I zip tied it together and stuck it in the ground. As it turns out, it makes a super cool trellis for snap peas.
"Leafy Green Alley" closest to farthest we've got a mesculin lettuce mix, light green lettuce, Swiss Chard, Kale, and Spinach. The Leo Family is going to be "regular"...I can tell you that much.
It won't be long until we're up to our eyeballs in strawberries. There was 1....repeat...ONE ripe strawberry today, which I picked and gave to Gavin. It's funny...looking back at our "Planting Day" blog from a year ago.....this time last year we were harvesting quarts of strawberries every day. It's cool to see how much the weather effects what and when you harvest stuff.
The lower gardens. 30 years ago, everything beyond the granite posts was swamp. Goes to show you what decades of grass clippings can reclaim.
Oh...AND we filled up the splash pool.....
....AND caught a crazy huge bullfrog.
We had friends over later in the evening for a campfire and good fellowship.... Not a bad Sunday at all.