The Garden Is In! Well about 6 weeks ago…

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[When I originally posted this blog, it was under another blog (which I have since moved here where it seems more useful for everyone).  I began posting about 6 weeks ago as I started preparing  the garden soil and then planting the seedlings I had raised over the winter (without a grow light, no less!).  So now my garden is thriving, along with a few slugs and garden pests which have been getting soap sprays in-between the rains.  Tomorrow I’ll be putting in some diatomaceous earth to take care of those.  Hopefully, my camera will be working (or I’ll have to take the lap out there and do it) and I’ll update you with a photo on the next blog post where I’ll talk about natural pest control. ]  Author’s note

It’s been a busy week at the homestead on Shiloh Rd.  Apart from taking care of 6 hens, 2 chicks, 2 ducks, 1 dog and a cat, I do websites and tech support.   Getting the garden in at just the right moment was on my mind as I got out website updates and knocked out helpdesk tickets for clients.  The weather seemed to give us a break with our first 80º day on Wednesday and Thursday continued the theme.  So on Thursday, I got in some rather “leggy” tomatoes, and the rest of the vegetable starts I had planted over the winter.

Using the well technique, the “leggy” tomatoes perked up after a bit of watering in the well around them.  And so did the rest of the starts.  By Friday morning  (after a perfectly timed late night rain ) and showers throughout the day, everything was looking grand!  All told, I planted 7 tomato plants, 6 broccoli, 5 collards, 6 onion sets, 6 turnips, and 4 squash mounds in the raised bed I had built.  Hopefully, I’ll have enough soil to finish out with green beans and carrots in the 5 gallon containers from last year.  Also, God willing, I plan to plant potatoes in the feed sacks I’ve been saving.  I like to try new garden techniques to see what solutions work best.

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After I got done, I knew I was going to have to take a rest after showering off the dirt.  But before I did that, I always do something that I feel no garden should start the growing season without: I prayed over it and asked God to bless it.  After all, He is the one who makes it grow!

I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow.  (1 Cor. 3:6)

Daily we hear more stories about how our food supply is being affected by the questionable practices of corporate farming.  Many of these practices are affecting not only our health, the quality of the food but the very naturalness of what we eat.  It can make you feel powerless at times  if you go into it thinking that you don’t have the resources to try to raise some of your food yourself. I can well understand that.  I sometimes feel that way myself.  There are also growing concerns of looming food and water shortages.  So growing your own is a movement that is including every income and every situation.  We hope to cover some of the different ways in future posts that you can work with limited space, HOA requirements, limited income and challenging conditions. We’ve made a beginning by covering what you can do with poor soil conditions.

When it comes to food sustainability, my belief  is that answering hunger starts not with the well-off, the highly-positioned and connected, or the powerful. It starts with a tiny seed – the faith of a mustard grain –your faith (Matthew 17:20).  Here at the Simmer Pot Cafe we are big believers that faith and love are the main ingredients of every recipe we share and we feel that way about food sustainability.

Image source: sunflowers I grew in 5 gallon containers.

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