Fall Garden Update!

I filled the garden with quality soil, peat moss, and manure. I planted the seeds the same day as I filled the garden boxes. Some say it’s best if it has time to sit but I didn’t seem to have a problem.

IMG_5701Beginning of September (left to right: carrots, onions, okra, peppers, butternut squash, zucchini)

IMG_5700 IMG_5306Mid September

IMG_5695Today (the left box I started from seed in that box, the right one three plants had to be transferred from a starter in my kitchen to the box). I can’t believe how the garden has grown! I was going in this fully expecting it to be a total flop the first time but much to my surprise, there is a lot of green going on in that little garden.

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A couple of things I’ve learned:

  • PEAT MOSS. This was recommended to me by a couple of people and I really think it’s one of the keys to my success. It holds in moisture really well and I also haven’t had a crazy problem with pests either.
  • Next time I’ll put in more soil, so that the plants have a little more wiggle room. I’ll probably just build up next time and fill with soil from there.
  • My zucchini is taking over my poor peppers sunlight too, so next time I’ll plant all the bushy plants together (and give them more room) and the others in another planter – or just a little farther away.

IMG_5693This box is the unorganized box. I transplanted these spaghetti squash and tomato plants (both started from seeds) from pots that I planted and started in my kitchen to here. I was really nervous about the tomato plants because they were so fragile but they’re doing pretty good!

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Little blossoms on the zucchini and butternut squash.

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Row of carrots and onions.

I need a suggestion for the little pests that are chewing away at my leaves. It’s not terrible, just a few leaves that it’s gotten a hold of but any suggestions?

I think we have about another month or so before the harvest – until then we wait…and try to keep it alive. 🙂

Settling In

I have really settled into this time of learning I’m in and have been incredibly blessed by the outcome so far. God’s really refined me in the stillness of this season – brought out a lot of ugly but also formed a lot of confidence. I’ve also really, really enjoyed just being a wife. Culture says that there is something wrong with the woman who is OK with staying home to take care of the house and cook and clean and with our schedules lately, mine allows me the opportunity to do just that and I’ve loved it. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, gardening, baking, and making our house a home (we moved 6 months ago and I’m JUST NOW getting around to it).
There is so much value in taking the time to invest in a solid foundation and I’m finding that it looks a lot different for each person, sometimes it’s college, or a year abroad, or just a mismatched time of learning like mine. It’s a beautiful place to be before the craziness of the season of launching and building businesses – I get to spend time building a foundation for my most important ministry — my family. Justin and I have gotten a lot better about spending intentional time together and communicating well. It’s in these places where we build the foundation – the trust and rapport in our homes, with our spouses and communities. This will always be something that I work toward, into the next season and the season after and so on, I will also continue to be learning and building rapport with my love but it’s here that I am learning how to do that because I don’t know that I’ll get a time like this again.
I’ve also been learning to code through Code Academy. Classes at The Iron Yard, a coding school in Orlando, start a little later this month and I can’t wait to get started with them – even to just be in community with others learning the same skill together. Between the two, Code Academy and The Iron Yard, my goal is to be fluent in this crazy language by the end of the year. The beginning of 2016 I’ll work to re-brand Rise into a new, fun brand and I’ve also got one other project I’m working on. Both will launch Fall 2016 – I can’t wait to share previews of both!
“…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped,when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:12-16