Finding Peace and Joy in My Craigslist Garden


| 8/18/2015 10:40:00 AM


Tags: Gardening, Cottage Garden, Craigslist Garden, Flowers, Vegetables, Nourishing, Becky and Andy,

Transitional TraditionsOver the last six months, my family and I have worked hard to build a garden out of a barren hay field. When we began, it was merely a roughed out area in March, just north of the mound system and within 100 feet of our yard. It was cold, muddy and only the earliest of wild mustards and clovers were daring to peek up above the ground.

But in my mind's eye, a single vision kept me going. I pictured a beautiful fenced-in garden with flowers and veggies mixed with herbs and raised beds. I pictured warm breezes and sparkling sunshine, offset by some sort of patio-type sitting area with shade. The borders would hold myriad flowers for my vases and viewing pleasure. The wide beds would hold bounties of vegetables to feed and nourish my family. The work would be unending and cyclical. All that, I was able to imagine as we pounded T-posts into the barely thawed ground.

This vision came to me in full and glorious reality this past weekend.

cucumbers 

garden trug filled with fresh produce  new broccoli

in the garden




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