Inch by Inch and Row by Row

Oh Lord let my garden grow! I can’t tell you how exciting and nerve-racking it is that my plants are finally in the ground! We have been working toward this day for about 8 weeks. I started most everything from seed in my basement at the beginning of March, and yesterday we got everything planted! Mark built three large (and do I mean large, 6feetX12feet to be exact) raised beds and we filled them with 9 cubic yards of soil. I spent a good about of time planning my crop layout as I want it to look aesthetically pleasing and produce a good crop free of diseases and pests. I did companion planting and also we spread lots of marigold seed! Marigold is a natural pesticide. The boxes are right in front of our house and pretty much take up the entire front third of the yard. Less grass to mow! We sheet mulched the bottoms with cardboard and grass clippings, filled with good garden soil, and now I just need to do mulch on top. I’ll head to the feed store this afternoon when the baby wakes up from his nap to get some straw. I’m thinking I will also mix some of our own compost with the straw. We started a small container of compost last year and I think it is ready! They look pretty plain now, but keep checking back to see their progress!

Everything is looking so promising, I just need to not forget to water! I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a green thumb, but I believe we are called to work the land.

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“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”  Genesis 2:15

Mark and I feel there is something biblical about tending the garden. After all, we are all just trying to get back to Eden…

They look pretty plain right now, but keep checking back to see the progress! The middle bed is all still seed (peas, beans, and many different lettuces and kale).  The top box is tomatoes, squash, zucchini, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, and herbs. Bottom box is tomatoes and tomatillos, sweet peppers, hot peppers, onions, cabbage, and more herbs. Whew, I know, it’s a lot 🙂

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