Thursday, July 01, 2010

Gardening as grace

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace." (May Sarton)

Here are some garden "before" and "afters"--or really "before" and "durings." This is the herb garden. On the top is when it was first planted; in the middle is from a few weeks ago; and the bottom one is most recent. I had to add a fence to keep the kids out (Sophie pulled the basil in the corner.) I added another basil, a dill and a cilantro plant (visible in third photo). I've never had much luck with cilantro--it has always burned and gone to seed, but that was in pots, so we'll see. Everything seems to be growing really well.

We have 10 tomato plants, a variety of cherry, plum and regular. The top photo is the ones planted against the garage, with some strawberries in between them. (We had a few berries, but bunnies or squirrels ate them before we ever could.)

Here are the three heirloom plants, again from a few weeks ago. I added those cages a bit late, but just in time. Now they are about 4 feet tall and over the tops of the cages. However, to be honest, there aren't a ton of blooms and no fruit yet. But they are huge. It's amazing to see something grow so fast.

These three plants on the right are also quite a bit taller now. I see a few cherry and plum tomatoes on them. (That's a strawberry to the left.)

And these are a mixture of tomatoes I planted in another bed, just to compare which area does better. These are rather small; and I haven't even put cages around them. But there are quite a few plum and cherry tomatoes on them. It's a constant struggle to make sure Sam doesn't pick them!

I'll have some updated photos soon, hopefully showing some early harvests!

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