“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Counting the Days of Gardening 2013~ Wk 1

We are starting to count the days of our BIG garden project.  We are now into the end of our first week of prepping and digging or new expanded garden area.  We had done a lot of shared gardening in the past with my MIL but this year we are venturing out more on our own and reclaiming a area behind our house.  This area had the old chicken coop ( before that the goat barn).

  Last year we tore down the chicken coop, this year we burned away the brush and starting digging.  We are figuring out the garden layout and establishing our raised beds.  All kinds of dreams and plans are beginning to materialize.  In the picture below on the top right will be where we plan to build the new future chicken coop/goat barn.  I am dreaming of all kinds of good veggies and future good wholesome eggs, chicken ( meat), milk, and really want to try my hand some cheese making.  All kinds of dreams are being dreamt and are coming true.   

(above) Our rustic woodshed to the left.

The back of our house. ( with the red trim)

Here you get a glimpse of the upper fruit orchard that I have taken pictures of in the past.  That box shaped thing is our new compost bin and just above that is some more garden space that was opened up this year.  We are getting all kinds of new raised beds this year.  Ohhh I know what you are thinking.... that means work.  Yes, but I am so happy to be the gardener's ( my sweet hubby)  helpmeet in this venture.  I will have tons to blog about this year.  With all the gardening , cooking , and the other things the Lord has been teaching me I won't have any lack of blogging material.  I just now need to schedule my blogging time so I can get it journaled.  

In the picture below gives you a glimpse of some of the mountains we see.  I have mountains on all four sides of us and we are beautifully surrounded.  

I have to show you that spring has finally sprung here.  Patches of Johnny Jump Ups. 

Our Lovage plant has popped up too.  It has a similar taste to celery.  I can dry the leaves for soups and use the stalks when they are young.  One of my most favorite things to make with lovage in the spring is salmon loaf.

Here is a side view of our new garden spot.  That lean to type building is our root cellar. Everything looks pretty brown right now but very soon everything will be green and lush.  I can wait to show you when it gets to that stage. 

We keep digging and planting things.  So I will keep journal-ling to show you this years garden adventure. 


  1. What a lovely area you live in, with beautiful views. You are going to be busy with all the planting!

  2. There you are :D What a wonderful way to bring in a new Season in your life sweet Mary. A new garden is emerging from your thoughts and that of your hubby's. I know that this year, your connection to this task will be such a blessing to you :)

    Love you,


  3. Looks like you have quite an area for gardening. I hope it all grows well for you and that you have a great harvest next fall. :)

  4. I would love to see more pics of your root cellar :-) Guess what...it's happening...we're buying a farm for Bryan! My parents have helped with downpayment money, and we'll pay the mortgage until Bryan gets going in a couple of years...we went up for the inspection today, met some folks in town, and Bryan already has a customer for his eggs!!! So exciting! It's been a long homeschool road, but God is so faithful to see us through! Pics to come on my blog in a few days, super busy here. Funny, Canada looks more "springlike" than Illinois...your land always amazes me with its beauty and the majesty of the mountains. Praying blessings on your garden and your projects this year, Mary-Girl!

  5. It's just a little closer to Heaven there than where I live. I'm so glad that I get to see it through you. I'm also so happy for you that you are getting a larger garden area and, as you said, dreams are coming true.

  6. I'm trying to figure out how you find time to blog! Your homestead is just beautiful!

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. I know you will make excellent use of your new garden space. I will enjoy watching it come together on your blog. What a blessing to have sunshine and dirt!

  8. Love the way your journal your days in the garden.When I look at the photos I see dedication, love, hard work, sweat, and the joy that comes from feeling the dirt between your fingers. With such a short growing season you do a fabulous job!

  9. Everything looks just wonderful, dear Mary. See, you are a gardener!! :) We've been working so hard around our place, transplanting perennials into a new flower bed and have added compost to the garden. I hope to share in a post later this week if I find the time. Oh, and good news! Our tomato seeds have sprouted! I'm hoping to grow enough to make our own tomato sauce this year. Talk to you Friday, ~Lisa :)

  10. Go on with the good work. God bless you

  11. Oh! I'll love to watch as your garden grows! week to week is so much fun and exciting around our home:) I haven't posted pictures of our garden this season, but I've sure been at hard work and tending to it. It's a lovely stress reliever, I think, and so enjoyable and the harvest is the happiest of all:)
    oh PS- inspiring about the mosdesty post. I like to staty modest and we bring our daughter up about modesty too. It's very important and also a part of our resemblance of our faith.

  12. What a gorgeous spot!! Can't wait to watch things green up. I have to start planning our gardens this year yet. Another thing for my to do list!



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