Ten years ago, my husband and I
thought it would be a fun to
have a garden. We were living in
California at the time and had no
experience at all in the art of
gardening. I was
determined to make it work.
Do you know that we did not
harvest a single vegetable out of
that garden? Not even a radish!
Our kids working hard for those veggies that never came
Our Children worked very hard
on that garden.
Two years ago, I thought we would
give gardening another try.
My husband was a little hesitant since
our first attempt didn’t go well
We were still living in California
and my reason for this adventure was
different than before. I wanted
my kids to learn how to grow their own
food before they left home some
day. We were so spoiled with our
three wonderful markets around
the corner from our house. Fresh organic
vegetables were right there at our
finger tips. When they were sold out,
I’m embarrassed to say we got
a little huffy.
There was something wrong with
this picture don’t you think?
we decided to use raised beds
and we planted all our seeds and
Do you know what happened next?
The Lord decided we were going to
Our real estate agent came over to
Give us our list of “to dos” before
Our house went up for sale.
Do you know what he said to us?
“The garden has to go!”
Out came all the plants and in came
Let’s try it again,
Luke building our raised beds here in Tennessee
Last year was our first year of
gardening in Tennessee.
The Lord blessed the fruits of our
Beautiful veggies came out of our
garden. Of course some didn’t make
it, yet others were in abundance.
We stared with four raised beds
And a plowed 20’ x 20’ plot.
Everything that grew in the raised
Did well, however, the other not so
This year our friends, the Martins, blessed
us with 4 more raised beds.
The challenge was to fill them with
good soil. Friends of ours
donated lots of goodies to make a
lasagna garden inside those empty boxes.
We are praying the Lord will make
those veggies grow.
We cover the ground between and
outside the beds with straw to keep
down the weeds and help us after
the rain with the mud.
Straw is also used in the beds
for mulch, which keeps the plants
from losing moisture from the hot
One of our church families was so
Generous to give us tomato, pepper,
cucumber, watermelon, tomatillos,
basil and apple mint plants from their
Our potato plants are already flowering
and the plants themselves look very healthy and…
no potato beetles! Yet.
Please Lord, keep the beetles away!
We planted potatoes using the straw
method. First, we put down newspaper
right on the ground. Then we placed
the seed potatoes on the newspaper
and covered them with a thick
layer of straw.
Some say this method doesn’t work
well but our soil is very rocky and
clayish so we decided to try
it this year.
Beautiful pepper plants!
We planted sweet, Cayenne, Anaheim
and Jalapeno peppers.
I’ll be canning some wonderful pepper
Jelly with the jalapenos and roasting
and freezing the Anahiems.
As my friend Cathy S. would say, “Yummo!”
We’ll be planting Green Beans and
Okra this week.
Did you know that I’ve never eaten Okra?
Happy Gardening, my dear friends!
Remember, we plant and water, but it’s
the Lord that makes it grow.