Workin’ the Soil

It isn’t our intention to have a secret garden, it has just happened that way.  For those of you who talk with us on a regular basis you have heard us talk about the garden.  For a lot of folks who ask what Jonathan is up to they hear about the garden.  It recently came to our attention that while we are familiar with the garden and its plantings, few other individuals are.  The garden isn’t at our house, so we can’t readily show our handy work (okay, Jonathan’s handy work).  Also, because the garden is tucked back on the property where it is located, you can’t simply drive by and take a look at what is growing.  So, in order to offer some insight into what exactly the garden looks like we decided to post some photos of what is growing and what Jonathan is doing.

For now we are still in a state of transition.  Thank goodness for North Carolina’s long growing season since we don’t have our summer crops transplanted yet.  Jonathan is still finishing the beds.  Our vision, when completed, will be a garden with a series of beds, seven in total for this year.  Our hope is to grow a variety of vegetables and flowering plants for personal use as well as to sell.   Our idea is to sell some of our produce at the Sanford Farmer’s Market and while doing so share information about The Forsaken Children, Children’s Home Ethiopia and Kota Ganate.

Admittedly, now that Dawit is here, the garden timeline has had to shift a bit.  Sleep, or the lack of, has been a limiting factor when it comes to having the motivation to get up, get moving and get to work.  Also, the schedule for having the beds completed was delayed some because of our daily trips to the hospital.  Of course, it goes without saying that Dawit is totally worth it and there a some days that the work waits just because we want to hang out at home with him.  However, lately Dawit has been a regular “helper” out at the garden.

We’re continuing our work, and the work is sometimes slow, but we’ve already been able to enjoy and share some of the fruits of our labors, we’re talking fresh greens though!  We are both eager to get the summer plants transplanted and growing so that we can continue to harvest for our table and for our family and friends. 

Note:  For any one reading over this that wants to come out and help weed, we’d love to have you!  You can see in some of the photos that we have a slight grass problem.
 
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Main bed, alternative view
Main bed growing various greens, broccoli, carrots and garlic
A bed of fava beans (planted mainly to help the soil)

A bed of fava beans (planted mainly to help the soil)

Jonathan working on a "double dig" for one of the beds

Jonathan working on a "double dig" for one of the beds

  
Amish snap peas--a kind of sugar snap

Amish snap peas--a kind of sugar snap

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
snap pea flower

snap pea flower

snap pea flower-an artistic view

snap pea flower-an artistic view

lady bug on a fava bean plant

ladybug on a fava bean plant

Spinach

Spinach

Fava bean flower
Fava bean flower
The Foreman-he supervises dad's work

The Foreman-he supervises dad's work

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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3 comments

  1. Make sure to let us all know when you start selling at the market.

    Thanks for sharing the photo of the garden.

  2. Bouncy seats are the best! I love your little garden helper. I have two of them. Lane digs in the dirt and loves to eat lettuce out of the garden. Tate just hangs out in his “foreman’s chair” too!

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