The first week in April, we started our fourth season in our community garden plot. My son helped me break up the soil with a rake and hammer. He likes to pound things, so he was content to whack and crush clods of dirt with a hammer. Despite his destructive fun, this was the first year he carefully planted seedlings almost completely on his own. He planted seedlings of kale, lettuce and brussel sprouts.
The worms and microbes were busy working in our garden plot already because the soil looks very healthy. It is a deep rich brown and feels light and loose. Almost every shovel full of dirt we turned had at least one fat worm. We were careful not to over work the soil and disturb the worms. We planted seeds of carrots, parsnip, turnips, beets and lettuce and seedlings of kale, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage (at least 12 plants of differing varieties), brussel sprouts, cauliflower and sugar snap peas.
Gardening is a labor of love to produce fresh organic food for our family, friends and community and to spend time together as a family working on a common goal with others in a community. May all our gardens thrive this season not only with food, but with joy and hope!
My son took this photo of the clouds above our garden plot on opening day of the 2013 growing season. Use your imagination. Can you see the word “LOVE” ?