Community Garden

Community Garden: Planting in the Dirt with Friends

Yesterday we put a vegetable garden into our backyard with lots of dear friends.  Each family has made a past effort to have a vegetable garden with varying degrees of success, so this year we decided to put all our efforts together.  The whole project has already been so much fun!!  I took years off my life in laughter yesterday as families came and went.  Friends and neighbors who dropped by our house randomly were soon working alongside of us.

The men put in the hard labor of tilling and marking off the plot with timbers. They had help from three impressive gals, who moved my entire compost pile (scraps from my kitchen from the last three years) into the garden plot.  Then Sarabeth arrived with our beloved plants from a sweet lady who grows and sells organic plants out of her own yard in her neighborhood.  We planted until the sun was down, with help from all the children.  Even Simon had a job.  He sprinkled our organic fertilizer (bat guano) into the freshly dug holes.

And now God is smiling on us with rain for our newly planted community plot.

Mary Polly, who stayed with the project from start to finish, said last night just before she fell asleep, “Mama, I’m just so happy about that garden!”

Me too.


  1. Love it!!!
    You know what else I love?
    Twitter on my phone and how Pete’s face will be next to my name on here.
    Not sure why.

    1. hey friend, put an avatar on your gmail and it should come up as you when you use your gmail address.

  2. I am so VERY excited about this garden. I think I’m going to bring the plant lady over to see it…

    1. just planted those PRECIOUS bean seeds in containers!! SO EXCITING!!

  3. So exciting! Nate just potted a bunch of herb starters and some other yummies – we will have to exchange goodies! We have parsley on overload already – come get some!

  4. can’t catch breath- bat guano TMI…

  5. i love this garden too, mama!! bailey and i have decided we’re joining the small group that meets at your house on sunday nights…i know it’s all boys, but whatever. they will be, i’m sure, enjoying the fruits of this gardening effort, and so will we! (teehee!)

  6. You guys are all my hero. Anyone want to come plant something in my garden? I’ll help!

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