Every Day I Marvel

The garden brings so much to so many.

Please read my  cousin Amy Weichert’s Blog post.  She inspires me with her strength and raw honesty.

The garden is so much to so many.



This Life We're Living

fresh-3303.jpgThe summer before Jake died he spent hours and hours helping me in the garden. He was delighted with vegetables. He loved watching flowers grow and bloom. He was sad at the end of the season, when the gardens were dormant until the next season. It was no surprise, then, after Jake died, that I couldn’t face the garden. Every bean stalk held memories of Jake. Every green pepper reminded me of his wonder in his newfound knowledge of male peppers and female peppers. The corn stalks taunted me with their growth. It was as if they were saying to me that they could live on even though Jake could not.

This morning when I went out to feed the chickens I was grumpy. It was raining. It was muddy. I resented this simple task. John offered to do it but I said no. The girls are always excited to…

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This Time Of The Year


The garden starts producing and getting a bit messy around the edges.

With the heat and mosquitoes I have been practicing ‘speed gardening’!

Quick water, quick harvest, quick dead head, quick weeding…oh heck,

I’ll get those weeds next time.

This Spot Of Ground


A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.
There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.
The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.
Gertrude Jekyll