An update on our little garden!

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” – Audrey Hepburn.

After several years of talking about it, this spring I finally decided to plant a garden.  I really wanted to plant a small garden to expose Milo to growing food and also the process of growing plants in general.  We decided to go with a vertical garden to use less space.  It’s been just over a month and it’s still going well.

Here is where we started middle of last month:

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And here is a pic I snapped yesterday:

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And here are a few pics posted on instagram over the last month:

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This little garden has brought me such joy.  I get up every morning and take my coffee out to the patio to check on all my little veggies and fruits.  I’m rooting for them, watering them (with Milo’s help), pruning them and doing everything possible to keep the bugs and critters off!  As of yesterday, here are the “fruits” of my labors:

The tomatoes: (I have 8 tiny ones and many more on the way!)

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We’re going to be eating salsa for days!

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The strawberries: (they are not fairing so well… the squirrels and birds eat them up as soon as they turn red.  I need to cage in the top somehow…  Next year I doubt we’ll do strawberries again.)

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The cucumbers have just started growing: (my baby cukes I call them…)

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^ Love!

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And lastly, our peppers.  What I’ve learned is that all garden veggies and fruits (at least the ones we are growing) start with a flower… researching has been fun and informative.  We only have one pepper started, but several blossoms.

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I die at the cuteness of that tiny pepper!

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I’m going to have more peppers than I know what to do with when all of these bloom!

I’m beyond excited about our first  harvest (which should be in a couple of weeks).  There is something very special about planting, nurturing, and harvesting your own food.  It’s empowering and a great type of therapy.

In a world so full of “hurry up” moments, a garden will force you to slow down and enjoy each stage.  I think it’s no coincidence that yesterday in church, pastor gave a sermon on patience… The first verse we read was:

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  James 5:7

This is definitely an activity that we will do next year and hopefully for many more!

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