After an uncharacteristically rainy spring, summer is finally setting in. Some years we have planted as early as late May, but this year we were glad that the rain prevented such an early start. The morning of June 4th, we awoke to a very light frost. The young plants probably would have been alright outdoors, but we didn’t want to take any risks. From then on, the weather promised to get warmer and warmer, so that afternoon we went out to plant. Preparations done the previous day made the task an easy one.

talking while working

   Many things such as tomatoes, peppers, watermelons, pumpkins, okra (Jonathan’s unusual plant this year), onions, a few cucumbers, and even corn had been started indoors to give them enough time to grow to maturity.  These are Sarah’s cucumber plants awaiting planting outdoors.

cucumber plants

   When we first moved to this house, the “soil” in our garden was primarily clay and rock, however, with many years of patient working it, adding compost, manure, peat moss, and sand, it has become much more workable.  Though at times it is tempting to complain about the quality of the soil, I am grateful that we can at least have a garden. The rocks, clay, and persistent weeds (the manifestation in nature of the curse) are a good reminder of both God’s justice and His mercy.

planting planting

   And just a couple bonus pictures of the summer flowers…


lilacs an iris

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