The kitchen window
where I do my best thinking
I planted the "good enough" herb garden today... not perfect... but good
Hubby finished the first of the three small garden beds last night just as the sun was setting. He filled it with soil from a nearby dry creek bed (having received permission from the owner last year to "take all you need"). I was able to plant it today with apple mint, lemon verbena, lemon balm, thyme, and basil. I know the apple mint will expand... that's okay. I hope it will but not until next year. :)
If you get a chance to watch the Franklin Springs Homestead Blessings: The Art of Herbs, you will know what inspired me to start growing apple mint. I'm only hoping mine will be that prolific and have plenty (eventually) for apple mint iced tea.
I'm thinking the second of the three small raised beds will be planted with herbs except for mint (if not this year then hopefully next spring). The third has been planned for strawberry plants but that may wait until next year, too.
The larger raised beds are planted with a few cool weather veggies, various tomatoes, and green beans. Pictures will follow although they look rather pathetically small right now. I was quite shocked by the "before" and "after" garden pictures last year. :)
As I told a friend recently, I decided not to grow any type of squash this year as it tended to take over the entire raised bed. Should hubby get the other two raised beds done in time, I may plant squash in them. Just taking it as it is available this year...
Weakness and fatigue continues to be an issue after the winter of illness. However, as I have been working on the lawn and garden, I pray for the strength to continue on and to "do that which is before me"... that which must be done in a timely manner. I look now at what has been accomplished and give Him all thanks.
I was listening to the last ten minutes of Ravi Zacharias' program on NRB last night. The speaker (one of his staff members whose name I forget at the moment) was talking about being asked at one time if he could be argued out of his faith. He thought of it for a moment and said he could not... for he had met the Lord and knew Him as a Person and not a set of ideas which could be argued away.
That is the way I felt today as I was doing dishes at the sink, the breeze blowing in through the window, and gazing at the flowers on the deck. All I gave was a rather weak body and a strong will to have a garden and flowers on the deck. He provided the strength, the seeds, the plants, the provision, the sun, the soil, the rain... everything.