Just received some photos from home, of our wonderful garden. My favorites are of the produce we’ve gotten from our plants – there’s noting quite like garden fresh produce! They harvested most of the onions, and boy are they big! Mom said that a tomato the size of a tennis-ball (approx.) fell off the vine while still green. They took it inside, and it’s ripened up nicely. (See the photo below with the peaches in the window sill.) Our little fig tree – yes, the same one that we transplanted and hoped wouldn’t die – is growing nicely, and even has some little figs on it. God has indeed blessed our garden greatly, especially with plenty of rain of late! Rejoicing in the abundance of nature and the God of nature!
As you may know, I (Phoebe) am currently out of town, and unavailable to tend to our Back to Eden garden. But, thanks to my wonderful family back at home, I’ve been able to “garden” virtually. 🙂 Through pictures, and a couple live Skype video chats, I’ve been able to experience our garden in a whole new way! Unfortunately, it’s not quite the same – you can’t pick up the water hose, and give the garden a good spray down, or dig your hands down deep into the earth. But, even still, I’ve seen the garden grow, from afar!
It’s pretty awesome. The tomatoes are growing big and strong, and blossoms and tiny tomatoes are already showing. The onions are big, and it’s almost time to harvest them. One has already been harvested, and it was about the size of a baseball! (I’m so excited!!) The radishes are growing well, too – we need to get some more seeds planted, so that we’ll have some later in the summer. Unfortunately, the peppers aren’t doing too well (as reported from my family!), and some of the herbs aren’t doing well either.
But, overall, it looks like the garden is doing great! I’ll get to see it in person tomorrow – maybe, just maybe, I’ll have enough time to make a short video.
In the meantime, you’ll have to be satisfied with these photos. 🙂
It’s amazing what things can happen when one gardens. What conversations one can have when out in God’s beautiful creation, gardening! Yesterday morning, my sister Abby and I were outside in the backyard checking out the garden; watering, weed pulling, etc. We decided to harvest some of the lettuce that has gone crazy, before it bolts and turns bitter. Well, our neighbor across the alley was out, and I said to Abby, “Hey, why don’t we go over to our neighbor and offer some of this lettuce to her?” At that, we hopped the fence, and trekked up the alley, and over to Ms. Gale’s fence. She was out tending to her own yard, which is full of beautiful flowers. She gladly accepted some of our homegrown lettuce, and said she’d have a little salad with her lunch. A conversation then ensued about her granddaughter and grandson-in-law who live just down the alley from her (and across the alley from us). She said that she had been talking with her grandson-in-law a few days before, and asked him if he had seen “that garden over there” (referring to ours). He said that “he sure did” see it. Well, on Sunday we had seen him installing their own backyard garden. So, maybe we inspired him to garden? If so, that’s awesome! We told her that she should send her grandson-in-law over and we’d love to talk with him about gardening.
So, you see, a simply act of sharing some garden produce turned into a wonderful conversation about gardening (oh, and also a bunch of her beautiful peonies), and hopefully, a new relationship with our neighbors. Maybe something will turn of it – like a co-garden effort – or maybe not, but either way, passing along some of God’s blessings by way of garden produce is just great! I’d highly recommend that you share any extra produce you may receive from your garden with your neighbors, friends and family. It’s totally worth it.
Check out the video below if you want to hear the story ‘in person’, and get a short update on our garden.
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