Soil Therapy

Working in the garden is sort of like therapy.  There’s just something about it that’s good for your body, mind and soul.  Maybe it’s the sunshine, or working the rich, black soil.  Or maybe it’s just being out in the fresh air, and interacting with God’s beautiful creation.  I don’t know, but I love doing it!

Yesterday, my sister Abby and I worked on getting some more things started in the garden.  We planted (all in seed form) beans, radishes, okra, and cantaloupe.  I planted four squash seedlings that I started about a week ago.  I’m just hoping and praying all the seeds I planted will spring up and grow big, strong and healthy!  Oh, we also planted eight of the raspberry plants, and have to expand the bed to plant the rest of them.  We’re going to add some string or rope to the clothes line poles and grow the vines up on them.  And, a couple days ago Mom and Dad transplanted our fig tree from it’s pot to the ground.  So, we have quite a garden going here in the bustling suburbs of Dallas, Texas!

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Joel works on dismantling some old pallets.

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Joel is such a hard worker! He built all the potato boxes from wood off of old pallets.

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It’s not property of Coca-Cola any more!

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The raspberry patch.  Looking forward to seeing these guys go crazy!!

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The micro greens have grown even more since I last blogged.

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Just look at the beautiful, vibrant green! It’s so beautiful.

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Oh, and to add to our little homestead / backyard garden, we have a large peach tree filled with unripened peaches.  Grandma has had this peach tree in the backyard for as long as I can remember, and it’s produced very well for a long time!  

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Up close: raspberry leaves.

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Our little space for the potted plants. It gets plenty of sun in the morning and early afternoon, and then shade for the rest of the day. Lettuce and herbs are growing there.

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Up close: Comfrey leaves.

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You know, I’m not sure what these flowers are from. One of the herbs, I believe.

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A baby cabbage plant.

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Italian Parsley

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My handy-dandy clip-board has accompanied me on many a gardening venture.

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Sunflower seeds are a fun thing to keep your mouth occupied. 🙂  (And, no, these aren’t from our garden!)  

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The bean plot.

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The future spot (hopefully!) of many a cantaloup vine!

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See those four little green plants? Those are the squash plants. 🙂

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The radish rows.

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And, last but not least, the okra spot.

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I’m happy! Hope all your gardening pursuits are going well!

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Garden Update

Purple Cabbage

Water droplets

Potato plants

Grape vine

A promising tomato plant

Squash

Peppers

Cilantro

Okra

Brocoli

Beans

Basil and Garlic

Lemon balm

Baby squash

Swiss Chard

Onions

Cauliflower, etc.

 

Cauliflower

The cauliflower has a small head on it about the size of a fist!

 

 

Broccoli

There is also a small broccoli head!!

 

 

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Cauliflower, woohoo!!!

 

 

Red cabbage

Red cabbage

 

 

Cabbage

A small cabbage head has appeared!

 

 

Asparagus

The transplanted asparagus has grown very tall. We can't eat any of it for another few months.

 

 

Asparagus stalk

The asparagus stalk stands tall

 

 

sunset

A beautiful sunset at this suburban homestead.

 

Workin’ in the Garden

 

Dirt transportation

Dirt transportation

 

 

Asparagus

Asparagus after being transplated

More onions

More onions in the ground

Hard work

Hard work

earthworms

Lots of earthworms to enrich the soil...

'eating' an earthworm

...but not to eat!!

cabbages in the ground

Planting the cabbages

An onion root

An onion root

A cabbage leaf

A cabbage leaf

Planting more onions

Planting more onions

Onions and Cabbage

Onions and Cabbage in the ground

 

 

Green algae

Green algae

A dandelion

And, yes, there are already dandelions springing up!