Garden Journaling

"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of your glory!" Isaiah 6:2

Farm-Sitting

Plants and seeds come from more places then just seed catalogs and nursery stores. They can also be little contributions that come from friends. Gardening can be a wonderful means to nurture friendships and a generous spirit through working alongside one another in the garden and sharing the crops/seeds/plants with others.

I returned last week from farm sitting for a dear family and thoroughly valued a week on the farmette tending to their beautiful garden, diary goats, and chickens. This was my third year farm sitting, so I valued getting to catch up with the next door neighbor and making a great new friend who helped me each morning with the milking process. The rich conversations made the week so meaningful.

Tending for a friend’s garden is a great way to be inspired and to see strategies others are putting in to practice in the garden.

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The squash jungle!

It rained nearly every day during my stay. All the plants were loving it!

A yellow heirloom tomato ready to be picked.

An heirloom  Yellow Pear Cherry tomato ready to be picked.

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Harvest

It was great seeing the different types of vegetable varieties in this garden…including foot long green beans!

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Rhubarb

When I mentioned in conversation to my goat milking buddy that I had never tasted rhubarb, she readily brought me several stalks of rhubarb from her garden the following morning. I sliced and froze my rhubarb stalks, and now have them on reserve for later this month. I can’t wait to try it out! How do you like to eat rhubarb? The cheery sunflower had self-sown from the previous year in the garden I tended.

Green tomato variety

Green tomato variety

I was also a  recipient of the next door’s neighbor’s additional tomato plant! It is a green tomato variety, but I am unsure of the precise variety. I will have to post pictures and see if any of ya’ll recognize the tomato so I can better identify it.

Elephant Garlic from the Lansing Garden

Drying Elephant Garlic from the Lansing Garden

7/9/13: Once returning from farm-sitting, Dad and I harvested our elephant garlic that were planted last…fall? We knew it was time to harvest because the stalks were dying and were thoroughly brown. The garlic harvest looks great, and I look forward to incorporating it in future entrees.

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