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    Mother to six Little Women and Two Little Men. Married to a Happy Mortician. Caretaker to goats, chickens and many, MANY bunnies. Photographer. Homeschooler. Lover of Jesus, coffee & tea and all things pink & vintage.

The George Washington Garden {2020}

  “I have often thought that if heaven
had given me choice of my position and calling,
it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered,
and near a good market for the productions of the garden.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
Such a variety of subjects, some one always coming to perfection,
the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another,
and instead of one harvest a continued one through the year.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“Are we watering tonight?” my daughter asked me, as she placed her empty dinner plate on the counter for washing.

“Yes, you don’t mind, do you?” I questioned, as the dishes were plunged into a pot of soapy water, awaiting the washing-up of another family meal.

“No, it’s okay. I like gardening – it’s fun,” my 13 year old told me, as she skipped out of the kitchen, ran to the garden and grabbed “her” watering can ready for our nightly watering routine.
Ahhh … music to my ears!

The garden … our summer project for the past few years … it takes up a lot of our energy and time, but we are learning so much and benefiting from healthy food in the process.

Every morning, we weed a section.

Every evening, we water the garden.

This is all done together – the children and I. I like to think we are building bonds and storing up good memories of our family life. Our garden is time consuming, but oh so worth it! I know you have heard me say this before – it is so worth it, worth every hour hoeing, worth every minute watering and worth all the hours canning and putting up preserves for the winter.

And, I, too, enjoy it. My sixteen year old daughter told me she likes weeding – that is a lovely thing to hear! I know I did not enjoy weeding as a child so I am grateful I have helpers that do not complain — most days. 🙂

She is in charge of the garlic patch and is hoping to sell some this fall as she is saving up for a pedal harp, which she plays.

{the garlic patch}

 

Past the garlic patch, you will find the potatoes, squash, zucchini, pumpkins and cucumbers. It is hard to see it in this photo.

 

The little children love to see the water roll about on  the cabbage leaves … it is so lovely to see my children observing nature without a regimented lesson or prompting …

Scarlet runner beans {which have now reached the top of the poles} are slowly creeping and climbing our bean tunnel. A friend told me there a runner beans with pink flowers so we must have those for next year … the bean tunnel was also an idea from George Washington’s garden.

With our July humid and hot weather, the plants have grown so much already since this photo was taken … every day there is new growth … we like to use some CPT as a fertilizer. {What’s CPT? It’s our code word for Cow-Poo-Tea … a large bucket of water mixed with a lovely cow paddy … wonderful!}

As mentioned before, we decided to go with a George Washington themed garden. We made several features that were designed after what we saw online and in books regarding his stunning garden. If you want garden inspiration, look up his gardens! They are beautiful.

 

  While studying George Washington’s story, we discovered, when he was a young lad, his father once planted his son’s name in cabbages in the garden. Thinking that was extremely creative, we did the same in lettuce – The Gauthier Salad bar. It has added some fun to the garden time, for sure!

 

We water using rain water tanks (pictures above at the back of the garden) or we will a cube water container from the river and then pump it out with a little battery pump and hand water everything. It takes a while but it is good way to know what is growing or struggling in the garden.

 

George Washington also had a water cistern in his garden – also a brilliant and timely idea. We found a used “pond” and dug it into the centre of the garden, added some water and rocks and a few plants, along with a solar fountain. It is a fun feature, although it cannot actually water the entire garden.

You will notice the pea tee-pees – also an idea from his garden, along with the pie shaped beds, bordered with flowers.  Washington had hundred of flowers in his garden, bordering all the beds. We tried our best to get each bed to contain flowers – we have sunflowers, bachelor buttons, zinnias, and some annuals. The flowers have all grown quite large now – it is lovely! The bachelor buttons which I plant to dry for tea.

 

We have found our honey bees and lots of frogs love this little pond … along with the two young boys of our family. Often, on hot days, they are in the little pond, cooling off while we weed!

 

 

The garden certainly keeps our hands, bodies and minds busy. And in this topy turvy 2020, it is a peaceful retreat, worth all the toil and hours in the sun. We are thankful, so thankful, for the garden.

 

 

“Agriculture is the greatest among arts,
for it is first in supplying our necessities.
It is the mother and nurse of all other arts …
We ought to count among the benefits of agriculture the charm
which the practice of it communicates to a country life.
Health, the first and best of all the blessings of life,
is preserved and fortified by the practice of agriculture.
That state of well-being which we feel and cannot define;
that self-satisfied disposition which depends, perhaps,
on the perfect equilibrium and easy play of vital forces,
turns the slightest acts to pleasure,
and makes every exertion of our faculties a source of enjoyment.”

-The Royal Path of Life

July 8, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Lynnea What a beautiful garden ~ so lush and flourishing, and the design is lovely artwork!
Your family is such a fine picture of teamwork!

July 8, 2020 - 8:26 am

Lita Letto Wow your family has grown, so beautiful 🙂 I LOVE your garden!

July 7, 2020 - 1:32 pm

HomeofManyBlessings Lovely Garden!!! We try to do alot of the same thing! How on earth do you get allll the weeds out?! I feel like I just cant keep up!

July 7, 2020 - 12:49 pm

Jane Zempel What a lovely lovely garden. A well-tended garden is a thing of beauty. Beautiful children also!

July 7, 2020 - 8:22 am

Monica It is just beautiful, my friend! Hard work but YES, so worth it. Are you having fresh salads daily? It might be hard for me to want to mess up the name in order to get salads! Haha!

Gorgeous!!!

July 6, 2020 - 8:25 am

Crystal I love your garden!!! I would like to try a design in mine next year. I planted sunset runner beans, they are supposed to have pink blooms. They are just starting to climb. We made a hoop house of sorts out of cattle panels. I have runner and pole beans, cucumbers, winter squash, and some watermelon planted around it. I’m hoping it does well. It’s great your kids love the gardening. My youngest, close to 8, loves the garden but my older two, 18 & 21, …not so much. Blessing to you and your family!!!

July 6, 2020 - 7:47 am

Shirley Cox Just beautiful!

July 6, 2020 - 1:44 am

Rebecca Oh my goodness, I love, love, LOVE your garden! It’s so lovely and creative! How big is it? We just built a bigger garden this year — being able to grow a bunch of food and preserve it for the winter is such a wonderful blessing!

A Tube Ride to Remember {Or Forget}

Happy Father’s Day to the father of our children …. all nine of them! We are so thankful for his leadership, work ethics and steady faithfulness to our family. There is never a dull moment in our lives {sometimes, we wish we had more dull moments so we could catch an afternoon nap on the porch!}.

Shortly after this photo was taken, we decided to try tubing down this river and see where it ends. Well, let’s just say … that’s another chapter in our family book … four hours later, with the sun quickly setting and promising a night of darkness lost in the woods … thunder and rain … nine beaver dams to climb over,  meeting Canada’s largest national animal face to face, a slippery eel slinking between Abby’s legs, sinking, slimy mud, old barbwire fences hidden in the underbrush, a drunk country bumpkin on his redneck motorcyle, lost shoes, steep hills to scale, deflated tubes that were eventually lost in the woods on the trek back to the road, unrelenting blackflies, angry mosquitoes, abandoned fishing poles littering the sides of the river, fallen trees across the river, lost communication (aka. cell phone falling into the water), river up to your neck and some very lost and upset children … a definite memory was made.

 

 

“Well, at least you had a fun memory with your daddy,” I said, reassuringly as I picked up the very tired, very cold tubers later that night from their lost destination and brought them home for a hot shower and a comfy sleep in their beds.

 

“Mommy,” my daughter said, looking me in the eyes. “That was NOT a fun memory. I felt like I was William Carey on the river in India!!!!”

 

Ahhh, good times.

 

Thankful for this man and for all the good memories we have – and are – making — even if it means losing cell phones in murky water and spending a Sunday afternoon lost in the wild river and tangled woods of the countryside.

 

June 30, 2020 - 1:31 pm

anonymous Where do you buy your swimsuits

June 22, 2020 - 11:21 pm

Monica Precious memories! I love it—the children will never forget this day. 🙂 I love the picture of you, Abby, and baby. ❤️

June 22, 2020 - 7:59 pm

Teresa @ SF What memories it will be ! I love your modest swim skirts that is the kind my girls and I wear.

June 22, 2020 - 7:27 pm

shirley You all look happy….I had to laugh about the William Carey analogy. Mom is doing a good job if the children share such wisdom

The Herb Garden {Grow Your Own Medicine}

 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed;”
Genesis 1:29

The wooden gate, a gift from my father in law, creaked as I entered the garden…. the fresh smell of awakening mint wafted through the morning air as I made my way to the back of the garden … I listened as the morning broke with waking sounds … Mourning Doves cooed from their nests above in the pine tree branches … the  children were hustling about, feeding their animals before breakfast …

 

Welcome to my {very humble and weedy} herb garden.

 

 

 

When I walk through this simple and rather disorganized herb garden, I feel so much joy and gratefulness. Although I did not plan this garden out very well, it has grown into a place I love to visit.

Each of the plants that reside in this garden will aid in either health or cooking. They are beautiful for so many different reasons.

In this rustic small corner of earth,
you will find many herbs that I am growing …

thyme
tarragon
meadow sage
sage
lavender
calendula
oregano
mullein
basil
mint {apple/chocolate/peppermint/spearmint}
chamomile
comfrey
bergamot
dill
rue
evening primrose
echinacea
lungwort
parsley
fennel
yarrow

{I am sure I am missing a few in this list …}

Walking through the herb garden yesterday, I counted 26 different herbs that are growing. This brought a smile to my face, as I feel my herb garden is like a natural medicine chest, dug right there in the vibrant, humble soil.

Over the past three years, I have been reading herbal books, writing down recipes and collecting these amazing perennial herbs and allowing them to seed as they mature, with hopes of a bigger and healthy patch in the next year to come. Building it up has taken time and patience.


My chamomile patch is just blooming right now … a lovely patch of gentle white flowers that I will dry for tea and balms … my daughter has her eye on them for making homemade soap and lotions.

The luscious comfrey is in full bloom right now — it is an amazing herb (yes, it will take over so watch where you plant it).


It has saved us from needing stitches in the past as it healed up some deep gashes and wounds. I am using it in the vegetable garden as comfrey tea fertilizer by simply picking some leaves, crushing them a bit with my hands and soaking them for a few days in a big bucket of rain water. I will add some of the comfrey tea to my watering can as I water the garden in the evenings.
I will also have plans to make salves and creams with this extremely valuable herb.

Of course, there is mint. 🙂 The mint is always growing and spreading, which is fine by me. I love a good, hardy plant. Not only is it fun to share with others, once the mint plant establishes itself, I can separate it and plant it around the covered porch. When it’s tea time, I simply pluck some mint leaves and add it to my tea pot for instant herbal tea. You will find apple mint, chocolate mint (my favorite) and peppermint …

This week, I will be picking some mint and chamomile to dry for tea in the winter. I will also take my celery and begin drying it for future soups.

 

{tarragon}

{meadow sage}

[bee balm just waiting to bloom]

 

This week, I also hope to make a few herbal remedies with my daughters. It is part of their training as future homemakers. 🙂 It’s also an enjoyable time together, as we experiment and come up with herbal lotions, soaps and salves we can use in our own family and also give as gifts.

Learning about herbs and the benefits of growing your own medicine is a never ending hobby for me.
And I completely agree with Thomas Edison … as he stated:

“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun,
the mother of all life.”
– T. A. Edison

June 22, 2020 - 11:23 pm

Monica This is amazing!! What a wonderful treasure you have in a well “stocked” herb garden! It’s beautiful too! Great work, Mama! (And sweet Lacey too!)

June 22, 2020 - 12:30 pm

Nancy A lovely post with beautiful photographs, Gigi. It’s very uplifting to read of a mother who intentionally trains and prepares her daughters to be homemakers. You mentioned reading herbal books over the past few years. Are there any books you especially recommend for someone new to growing and using herbs? Thank you for sharing this sweet glimpse into another aspect of your homekeeping.

A Good Night Kiss

The morning sun filtered into gently through the front windows. Faintly, I could hear the early call of some cheery birds … What type of bird is so lively in the early morning hours, I wondered as I puttered downstairs to begin boiling water for my morning coffee.

Several minutes later, freshly dressed and washed and ready for the day, I sat down with my Bible, my notebook and my hot delicious coffee. A wave of anxiety rushed over my mind as I listed off the to-do list for this Monday.


Sipping my coffee, I realized my task list seemed rather long and heavy. With a two month old and homeschooling for a large family still in effect, a full garden to run and house that does not clean itself (not to mention food that does not cook without some sort of a plan), how would my heavy-loaded day turn out?

Lord, how do I get it all done? I asked, simply taking it to Jesus in my prayers.

There’s too much to do, I sighed.

 

And as I referred to my morning devotions, there was my answer.
What is eternal in my day?

What is taken to Heaven with you?

What matters in light of eternity?

 

“Perhaps you find it hard to accomplish everything each day, too. Maybe you have been frustrated as I have. Relax. Don’t get upset over what you can’t finish today. There’s another day tomorrow. In light of eternity, it’s not going to matter whether you finish your task today or the next day. Dear mother, God only expects you to accomplish what is possible in the hours He has given you. You don’t have to get everything done. Be content with what you can accomplish, There is a new dawn tomorrow.
It is more important to set the right tone in your home and create an atmosphere of rest, peace and harmony, than to make everyone tense by getting through something just for the sake of getting through it.
-Nancy Campbell, 100 Days of Blessing

The chores, yes, can be done, but without anxiety or stress.

The meals? Yes, they will be cooked – and as I have learned, preparation and thinking ahead is the key. Those dirty floors will get washed – but in between – I must not be too rushed to spend time with those little ones who made that floor unclean.

 

The garden would be tended – most likely with help from my great crew of girls.

Yes, the heavy tasks of the day would be met head on, but instead of being stressed and frustrated, I would embrace the day with an eternal vision — my children and my family are more important than crossing off each tasks on the list.

One of my favorite songs came to my mind as I closed my devotional book and Bible and headed for the laundry room, where a load of cleaned clothes required hanging on the line before the household awoke…

These daily tasks are privileges. And greeting my nine children in the morning with a smile and a hug is much more important than perfectly clean home.

Good Night Kiss
Steve & Annie Chapman

I count it as a privilege
I count it cause for praise
to kiss my children goodnight
at the close of everyday
for I know too soon they’re off and gone
and walkin’ out the door
and I’ll never have a child to kiss
goodnight anymore

It’s very strange how times have changed
from the present to the past;
When did they grow so quickly
the time has flown so fast
For it seems that only yesterday
I helped him with his shirt
or pat my baby on the back
or kissed away a hurt …

Tell the story read a book
wipe a nose or tie a shoe
They never ask me to rub their back
the way they used to do.
Once it was a bother
just a troublesome kind of chore;
Now I would give anything
to do it just once more …

 

Mommy, bounce me on your knee
Daddy, flip me in the air
throw a rubber ball to me
and help me comb my hair
Mommy, tickle my tummy
Daddy, hold me high
Let’s go outside for awhile
or make a kite to fly …

 

 

I count it as a privilege,
I count it cause for praise
to kiss my children goodnight
at the close of everyday
for I know too soon they’re off and gone
and walkin’ out the door
and I’ll never have a child to kiss
goodnight anymore.

June 10, 2020 - 10:08 pm

Teresa @ SF Thank u for asking about my garden . I dont have a tiller , my hubby borrows one and he hasn’t took the time to do so. I have a raise bed with onions and tomatoes and another very small Bed with peppers. Near my greenhouse door I planted four watermelon plants and I am training the vine to go into my greenhouse. Watermelons love it hot and humid. I have a few cucumbers and pumpkin planted. I am hoping he tills a small spot for , corn , green and lima beans how is your garden doing?

June 8, 2020 - 9:16 am

Monica I haven’t heard this sweet song in years! Lovely. Lovely photos as well. Thank you for the wonderful reminders.

June 8, 2020 - 5:20 am

Gigi Shirley, yes, I love that phrase and adore Elisabeth Elliot’s advice. Thank you for reminding me to treasure these {busy!} days!

June 8, 2020 - 5:19 am

Gigi Teresa– thank you for the encouragement. Sometimes it makes me sad when parents have grown children but do not really “miss those days” … it’s wonderful that your good night kisses days are extended with your two at-home daughters!
P.S How is your garden coming along? 🙂

June 8, 2020 - 5:18 am

Gigi Regina, (hugs) …. I’m sure your daughters miss your kisses, too!

June 8, 2020 - 5:17 am

Gigi Katie, I use Nancy Campbell’s 100 Days of Blessings. It’s fantastic. I wish I could get her second book but I can’t find shipping to Canada yet.

June 7, 2020 - 6:30 am

Katie Taylor Aways so beautiful and encouraging! Thankyou Gigi, also wondering what devotional you use?
Blessings,
Katie

June 5, 2020 - 12:37 am

Regina Shea I miss kissing my girls goodnight. What a lovely story and your children keeps growing!

June 3, 2020 - 8:37 am

Teresa @ SF Beautiful and lovely thoughts…I am so thankful I am still living in those days…I dread to think of empty nest days. God has blessed us with five daughters, three have married and we are blessed with eight grand children. I am grateful to have two daughters still at home. I love that song! Your blog always gives me something to think on and reminds me to stay focus. Blessings sweet friend!

June 3, 2020 - 7:52 am

Shirley I remember those days, thinking I wasn’t sure where to begin. Now I know they were the most glorious days of my life. As Elisabeth Elliot said….just do the next thing. It’s difficult when there are many next things at hand all at once though. Your family is lovely, and it warms my heart to see how well it functions because the Lord is leading you.
God bless you

June 2, 2020 - 10:10 pm

Gramma Cardinal Love you all! See you soon! <3

Grow Your Own Food: 2020

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946.
That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food?
Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests.
It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides.
It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.”

Joel Salatin

 

“Girls, the moment is here … it’s time,” I announced to a kitchen table full of sleepy eyed daughters, mulling over their oatmeal bowls. “It’s gardening time … time to pull out our hoes!”

Hefting my large wicker basket filled with seeds onto the kitchen table, I smiled a joyful, expectant grin. My table has been cramped full of seed flats with sprouting plants for the past month or so. The girls’ windowsills also have been haven for little seedlings as we do our best with starting seeds indoors (in a very cold old farmhouse with little natural light). But now, with May  in progress — albeit a chilly one for Ontario — it will finally be time to begin (some of) our garden planting.

 

 

 

I cannot tell you how amazing it is to have a large family vegetable garden. I know all of North America is hyper about gardening this year with the strange happenings of 2020, but for us, it’s life as normal. We have been running our family garden for six years now. Every year, we try something a little different, which keeps us ever learning. Every year, we learn something and fail somewhere and reap rewards in other places. We are all learning – but I am grateful for the five years of work under our belt.


I suppose everyone is contemplating gardening this year. My sister told me her neighbour tilled up half of his yard to plant their first ever garden – how exciting!
Due to empty (reported) grocery shelves  {I have yet to experience that myself} and little-to-no-fresh produce or even frozen vegetables, surely it raises even the brownest of thumb-gardeners to want to at least ATTEMPT growing food for their own family.

If you have not gardened yet, do you suppose this is the year to consider it? Not only are things ‘strange’ out there in the ‘real world’, but it is just wise and prudent to provide for your own family with your own hands.

The weekend Luther was born seemed to the weekend our country went topsy-turvy with events – and that did seem to affect grocery stores and food supplies. Yet while others had to scramble to find their food for their pantries, life went on as normal for this family and we can thank God for that – it is a result of last year’s gardening and preserving.  I am so grateful -I cannot imagine scurrying to a grocery store to try to find enough food for our large family, all after just having baby #9. It would have been very stressful, to say the least! This new season showed us one thing: it seemed all our gardening and work and efforts of the past few years really did pay off — in a literal sense.

 

“…impress it on the gardener to have every thing in his garden that will be ne[ce]ssary
in the House keeping way —
as vegetable is the best part of our living in the country.”

– Martha Washington, 1792

 

There is something absolutely wonderful about growing your own food– especially if you grow enough to avoid going to the grocery store most weeks. All the children at home help us with our garden – we all eat at the same table and we all work the same ground (with, of course, exceptions of the little ones). We look to work together. I believe it strengthens our family ties, as well as providing food for our larger – than – normal family.

Now, it is fun to garden for a hobby, but providing most of your food from your garden is another story. When we first moved here (six years ago), I had dreams for our family-supported vegetable garden. With three little girls and one baby on the way, we started, in town, with a tiny 6×6 vegetable garden. We were so excited to plant those little rows of vegetables and were thrilled to harvest the few vegetables that managed to grow. However, moving to the country with baby #6 on the way, we were then able to grow a proper amount of food for our ever-growing family. And every year, our family grew and every year, I’d look at my husband and ask, “Can we expand the garden a little bit more this year?” Every year, he grumbled about it :), but every spring, the garden would grow. This year, yes, it has grown again (well, it just fits our pattern as we have just added our sweet baby #9 to the fold).

Yes, a large garden is a lot to manage, but it is how we spend our summer. It teaches hard work, patience, responsibility and is very rewarding. It fills the hours of our day, creates a summer routine for the children and I (weeding and watering, weeding and watering) and finally, a harvest in the late summer and early fall rewards our family with beautiful home-grown food. I could never go back to not having a proper garden.

 

Just for fun, here is a list of what we grow in our family vegetable garden:

green and yellow beans
peas
onions
garlic
lettuce
beets
carrots
turnips
brussel sprouts

rutabaga
cucumbers
a variety of squash
zucchini
potatoes
variety of tomatoes
spinach
melons (if we are lucky)
sugar pie pumpkins

I have not had success with corn so I buy a huge amount from our friends and neighbours who grow organic corn. We process it and save it in the freezer or can it for the winter. This year, we ran out so we will have to increase our corn amount for the following year.

 

In the herb garden, which was the original vegetable garden which we outgrew, there will be the following:

lavender
calendula
fennel
celery
rhubarb
echinacea
oregano
bergamot
thyme
Lady’s Mantle
basil
onions
lettuce
parsley
dill

mint
cilantro
sage
primrose

 

Last year, we planted 50 lbs of potatoes – we have yet to run out of poatoes and we eat a lot of them! This year, we planted the same amount. They are well loved by all the members of the family – and so easy to plant that a two year old can help out! (Thanks, Loyal!)


We plant 110 tomato plants – some we start from seed, some we purchase from our local garden house as started plants (our growing season is quite short in Ontario).
We have yet to run out of tomatoes — and they are used for so many dishes that I could just never do without a huge amount of tomatoes every fall.

All the food we harvest in the fall is canned, frozen and put away into the Provision Room for the winter.

Our Provision Room has proven to be a wonderful asset for our family table.

To determine how much food you will need for your family, figure out how many months of winter you have in your area. For us, cold weather and winter lasts for roughly six months. We cannot grow food in the garden from November-April. Therefore, I need a food supply put away for half a year = 24 weeks.
I have figured that we need a rotation of vegetables for 24 weeks – four vegetable options a week. Our vegetable options will be cabbage, carrots, squash, corn, zucchini and turnips/rutabaga.
For example … this will mean we plant 24 cabbages.
We will need approximately four-five litres of tomato sauce per week for 24 weeks. That is a high estimate, depending on what we are making for dinner, but I would rather not run out of tomato sauce in January. Planning for a surplus is what we’re aiming for in the Provision Room.
We will need enough for two meals of potatoes each week, as well.

Perhaps where you live, you are able to begin planting in January for fresh greens and vegetables. Think ahead to what your family needs, experiment with your garden, plant a little extra this year. If you don’t need it, you can bless another family with it.

Happy planting!

 

 

 

“Before grocery stores and farmers markets, kitchen gardens were ‘a necessary support of life,’
as one gardening manual observed.
In the 18th century,
every home outside the city had a vegetable or kitchen garden
providing nutritious supplements to rural diets.”

P.S.

If you are already a gardener, here is what is inspiring me lately … this is George Washington’s garden. Isn’t it stunning?

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May 21, 2020 - 6:35 am

Gigi Sarah, I am looking forward to those photos!

May 21, 2020 - 6:35 am

Gigi Teresa, have fun planting! So exciting!

May 21, 2020 - 6:35 am

Gigi Ruthie, oh, you are too generous with your compliments.
The frame is a pea tee-pee! We saw it in George Washington’s garden. I always struggle with my pees falling over.
I’m so glad the bread recipe worked well for you!

May 20, 2020 - 4:13 pm

Ruthie Your garden is amazing! I love how all the children pitch in together to make work fun. In the one picture of your 2 girls with the gentleman, what is the teepee shaped structure they are putting together going to be used for? I appreciate you sharing the method you use to plan for the amounts of food needed to feed your family through the winter months. I have trouble figuring that. I also made your recipe for bread! I was so pleased with the results and so was my family. Thankyou!!

May 18, 2020 - 3:56 pm

Teresa @ SF O I have been waiting for this post! Wow what a garden you are planting…look forward to more post on how it is growing and the harvest. I am currently waiting on my husband to till our garden. We are running late do to many many rainy days in our area.
thank you for the inspiration.

May 14, 2020 - 7:32 pm

Sarah Yes, it was “The General in the Garden”. He absolutely loves it! I will plan to do a garden post at some point, maybe when the plants are in and have grown a bit. Adam was able to purchase a tiller this year, so that is making a big difference and is helping him make his dreams a reality. : )

May 14, 2020 - 6:15 pm

Liz I love gardening talk. You mentioned your favourite garden. My absolute favourite garden is the stone-walled garden on the Escape to the Chateau tv show. I could live in that garden! Believe it or not they actually charge people $75 to come work in their garden! Many folks must love it!

May 14, 2020 - 3:27 pm

Gigi Sarah, oh, tell your husband I would LOVE to see photos of his garden. The girls and I have put in a water feature in this year’s vegetable garden – imagine that …. beauty and vegetables … well, I find it all beautiful, to tell you the truth. Which book did you purchase re: Washington’s Garden? Was it A General in the Garden? I’d love to read through such a book!

May 13, 2020 - 1:59 pm

Diane *Doug’s Wife is my daughters youtube channel.

May 13, 2020 - 1:57 pm

Diane Oh this is beautiful GiGi. We are having a really cold spring here in Michigan. Looks like our peach tree blossoms froze again this year. We covered them with tarps but it got down to 25 degrees so it didn’t help. It was snowing here on May 11! Thats the latest snow that I can remember. I find gardening to be the most difficult job here on our small farm. We have an orchard too. I much prefer working with animals, but we still have a good size garden every year. Lots of tomatoes of all varieties, green and yellow beans, peppers, watermelons do well in our sandy soil, carrots, zucchini, and lots of kitchen spices and herbs. our back field is full of sweet corn to attract deer and to feed us. If you want to see it you can go to “Doug’s Wife” on youtube. She has a corn video, and a video in our orchard. It’s called August Memories.

May 13, 2020 - 1:29 pm

Sarah Lovely post! I shared your post with my husband, and he wanted me to tell you how much he enjoyed it too. He has read several of Joel Salatin’s books, and has learned so much from them. Adam also admires George Washington’s garden. Last year I purchased a wonderful book all about George Washington’s garden for his birthday. He is modeling our garden in a similar style, on a smaller scale of course. May the Lord bless you and your family!

May 10, 2020 - 7:12 am

Monica Your garden looks fantastic!! Great and thorough post. Gardening is probably my number one passion—and yes so much to learn every year!! I can’t wait to follow your progress. xo

May 10, 2020 - 5:49 am

Gigi Kristal, I’m so glad you like the spring garden posts. I remember there was a time when I found garden posts (on other blogs/articles) not very interesting – so I have come a long way myself! 😉
Yes, for sure – send along some questions. Although I am still learning, I’d love to help in any way.
A quarter cow is fantastic! You will love it! It is so wonderful to have the meat right there for you in your freezer. Congratulations!

May 9, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Kristal I love your spring garden posts! I will be sending you an e-mail with some questions if you don’t mind. 🙂
As for food and shelves, sadly where we live we have noticed this, especially with meat and dairy products. We don’t usually buy canned goods and thankfully we live in a large farming community, so we have lots of fresh produce right now! My husband and I decided to buy 1/4 cow for the first time. I’m truly excited about this, because I’ve been wanting to buy locally sourced meat for some time now. We don’t have the land to do it ourselves, but Lord willing in the future we might be able too! Take care, looking forward to talking soon.