Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring Into The Garden

In case you have been wondering where I have been, we have been very busy here at the Fuentes household. We are very excited to proclaim that we have been furiously working on.....the garden.

This is not just any vegetable plot we are creating, mind you, but it is officially 'The Family Garden'. The Family Garden is where every child and adult will have their own vegetable to tend and care for. It is a place where bean poles will be constructed from teenage daughters and small boys will be tucked inside them, hidden as protectors, with rifle in tow. It is a place where butterflies will visit and small daughters will giggle and chase them gleefully. It is a place where a young boy learns the principles of weeding and equates them with the sin that needs weeding in his own life. It is a refuge for the tired mother who has had a long day and there finds tranquility, bliss and peace. It is a nourishing place that will provide sustenance to a family of ten...the place of promise where small babies can pluck a large red tomato and experience the burst of its flavors during a moment of anticipated curiosity. Tell me, will you, what cannot be accomplished in a garden?

This year's endeavor included extending our tiny garden plot from last year and tripling it in size. We already started veggies from seed (lettuce, spinach, sunflowers, carrots, cucumbers and cilantro) and enjoying seeing their budding heads which come with a full promise of summerly expectations. We will also be planting onions, garlic, beans, peas, cabbage, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, etc.

I am anxiously anticipating the weather warming because this year we will try our hand at succession garden--which is merely planting more than once in one spot, I dabbled a bit in that last year and found it to be successful. I have read that some can plant 3 times into as far as December with hardy vegetables such as lettuce (could this be true for Zone 5?). We are planting in containers as well---since we have to keep the jalapenos away from the twins--and we will also have a bigger herb garden on the deck this year. Herb gardens are so easy that I am embarrassed to admit I had never had one until the previous year, this year though, there will be no holding back!

With the economy being in a recession, we would all be wise to learn to grow our own organic vegetables. And educationally speaking, this makes a great project to teach the children whether you homeschool or not. Gardening is a skill that can be passed down from generation to generation. It is a homemaking skill that is still valuable today for good health since store vegetables degrade quickly and are not of the same nutritive quality of that from the fresh home vegetable garden. So I encourage you, that if you are new to it, don't be afraid-----give it a try. You will be surprised at what you will find that you can grow and not kill (as in my case!).

I have found two gardening blogs that I have been frequenting that I would like to share with you--hopefully they will bless you as they did me:

Skippy's Vegetable Garden

In My Kitchen Garden

If you have any you'd like to recommend or any gardening tips, be sure to share them!


sunshine said...

I used to have a huge vegetable garden in my backyard. Unfortunatly a few years ago we had a pool put in. The kids love it but I miss my garden. :(
I'm thinking of looking for a new spot but it would have to be on a much smaller scale.
I can't wait to see some pictures of everything growing!!

Theresa said...

We too have had our thoughts turned fancifully towards the bright fresh days of Spring. What a sweet blessing our Lord gives us every year around the time of His Resurrection.
Our spirits rise- as we enjoy each new -Son- rise.
Joy Joy Joy.

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Buildeth Her House said...

This is my very first garden and I'm so excited, You're right, the kids loved planting in the dirt. They are so excited to see the buds. I can't wait for them to taste the joy of their new garden.

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

We have a family vegetable garden which has provided us with so many benefits... working together, improved health, seeing the fulfillment of God's promise that our land would yield its produce (Leviticus 26 3-5) My daughter kept a lovely garden log book as a homeschool project, listing out our plantings (with dates), adding in relevant information and illustrating it with colourful drawings. I have recently written a post about our garden 'Gorgeous gumboots, gardens and gum trees' which includes a picture of my twins 'threshing' the amaranth. This was the most fun they ever had outside! Hope you can drop by for a visit and That God sends you 'rain in its season' to water your garden.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Thank you for the links! I'm excited about reading both those blogs. I love to garden. This year will be more exciting. Last year I was unable to do much due to health issues. This year we cleaned up the garden and have it all ready to plant, almost. This weekend the grandkids and I will be planting seeds. This will be their first year to be able to help, which is thrilling. Like you, the seeds and the weeding will be used to teach Bible lessons as well. Enjoy your gardening! Blessings to you.

kathy said...

Enjoy your garden! It sounds fantastic. Funny how much one can grow in a garden, much more than just plants.

A Joyful Chaos said...

I love spring, and as soon as it's dry enough I'll be out in my garden. Can't wait!

Miss Hannah said...

You garden looks wonderful! I planted about fifty tomatoe plants this year, they already have flowers on them! I am so excited, I cannot wait to see my harvest. Good luck on your garden.
Miss Hannah

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Hi ladies,

This is actually not a picture of my garden, but hopefully it will look like this soon!

I love the idea about the garden journal and like the idea of me and the girls working on it together.

Ann, your garden is beautiful and you are very blessed!

Hannah, your tomatoes already have flowers? Amazing! My neighbor is giving me some extra plants she started early in the season. I am very excited and happy!

Many blessings...

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