The McAlister / Chilton small group came out this past Saturday. Thanks again and always to them for their service in the garden. Thank you especially to Carmen McAlister for organizing their service.
Here is their report from the garden, with some comments from me in red – “We watered, weeded and fertilized. Yes! Thank You! A few handfuls of green beans I wonder if the mutant green bean plants are finally slowing down production? That would be OK with me, those things were kind of freaking me out with their amazing fruit bearing / lack of concern for self (uhhhh, Hold up. Are those bush green bean plants a model for Christian life? Is that what is weird about them? Are they testifying beans?) and 4 cherry tomatoes were harvested. Our first tomatoes of the year, Hallelujah! 3 families were able to come out and help and we ate afterwards. That is what we are talking about! They worked together and then ate together. Sounds like something Jesus and his disciples would do, and that is pretty good company. The garden looked great Thanks! That is because the garden is awesome (a core value) and blessed“
Here are some photographs they sent in -
Look at these happy people -
And see the harvest (real, not metaphorical) -
What is yet to be -
The Friesen small group is coming out in force this Saturday. I am going to work them like a bunch of borrowed mules. Only, with this group, the borrowed mules mostly stand around and socialize. That’s the way it goes with borrowed livestock of any kind, I guess. You have to think there is a reason they are available to be borrowed on a Saturday morning without much notice.
Anyways, they will come out and we will pray, work (after a fashion) and have a great time. We will stand in awe of the example set before us by the green beans. Then we will go over to the always hospitable Friesen house and have brunch. Seth has promised to make us all Bellinis, which will not go very far in confirming the masculinity of our group. But the wives will be happy, which counts for something. Good thinking, Seth!
What has been -
Green bean harvest! We have had three consecutive weeks of big bushels of green beans harvested. I keep forgetting to get pictures of them to post here, but trust me, they look like green beans and there are a lot of them.
The green bean plants are a bush variety that I forget the name of, but I think I remember that they were a Burpee’s proprietary variety. Whatever their name, they were bred (not genetically engineered, everyone calm down!) to produce early and heavily and without regard of their own well being. When the plants were only eight inches high they were already producing beans that were six inches long. You have to be careful snapping the beans off or you’ll uproot the entire plant, which, only thinking of making your beans, never bothered to put down a big root system either. I’ve never seen naught like it.
Also, tomatoes are up and making fruit. None is red, yet. But we have faith, to go with our works.
And praise God for the rain! Wonderful stuff, that.
What is Yet to Be -
The awesome (it’s a core value!) McAlister / Chilton small group is coming out this Saturday to work and will be doing some or all of the following -
- pray! for those we serve, for those who serve, in thanks (also feel free to add any other prayers as they feel led. We are that kind of laid back group at the garden)
- harvesting green beans
- maybe start the harvesting of tomatoes (any that are better than 1/2 red)
- run soaker hoses (two, now. Thanks, Seth!)
- hand water the melon seedlings around the fence
- weed! – the bermuda grass and tree shoots and assorted what-not are out in force. They must be dealt with.
- fertilize with the water soluble fertilizer on all plants
The garden as it looked last Saturday.
The garden is growing well. We have tomatoes going strong, green beans blooming and cucumber seedlings coming up. No sign of watermelon or musk melon seedlings, but the garden is good at teaching faith and patience. Ok, less garden metaphor and more pictures -
Cucumber Seedlings, with Seth Henry’s irrigation system
‘maters, with sign
The garden as it looks this week. Please note the new beds outside the west fence.
1st green bean of the year!
As requested by
all who read it, no haiku
today. Oh. Sorry.
On Saturday April 20th, we, the gardeners of Christ Church, are invited to join Steven Hebbard and the main Genesis Garden crew at a work day in their garden.
It will be an awesome (that is a core value of ours, right? Right!) morning of prayer, work and fellowship with and for the Lord.
This is how it will go, per Mr. Hebbard -
The event will start for the prayer service at 7:30am sharp, at 5800 Johnny Morris Rd 78724. After the prayer service, around 8am, we’ll be launching into the various work teams at the various locations. The only two locations people will be at that day are the Model Park and the Village property. The Village is at 9301 Hog Eye Rd 78724.
The work teams will break down and join us for the First Fruits brunch around 11 at the Model Park. The day will be over around 12 or 12:30 at latest (though I’m sure some will need to leave early, we’re hoping to encourage as many as possible to come and join us through the end of the Brunch. The Brunch is a gift event. That means, no cost except the gift of oneself! But… if someone, from the storehouses of their heart, wants to bring a brunch item, such as fruit, or something for the breakfast tacos, let Heidi know and we’ll refrain from providing that.
The Gorman group was out and accomplished all of their task, as we all knew they would, as they are awesome. There is a rumor of garden pictures from them to be posted here soon. Including one photograph of a very striking earthworm. We can all look forward to that.
This week in the garden will just be light maintenance as needed. If anyone would like to join me there, email me and we can work out a time. Probably 9 or 10 am or so.
I promised (threatened) some added ridiculousness, so, a haiku -
it Has; recEntly
rained here in, our, Fair city -
we are thankful !YeS!
(please note random capitalization, incorrect punctuation. This is art, people.)
I keep waiting to post until I can up load all the garden photos / write an exhaustive history of what the garden has been up to, but that has not been happening. So how about a whirlwind mid spring update -
- the winter veg is gone! It was awesome (a core value, mind you) but it had given it’s all and the youth group ripped it out to make room for …
- Spring planting! – bush green beans are in and up (including in three new beds on the west side of the fence started by the McAlisters and finished by the youth). Also, tomatoes are in now, too. Small cherry / plum variety only this year. Easier to grow, more of the them, easier to beat the birds to harvest, better for out of hand eating. Just better, then. Thanks to the Mazuelos for giving us a natural gardener gift card to use to buy our spring plants.
- Seth Henry replaced our sagging drip system that was wont to blow apart at inopportune times with a soaker hose system of his own design. Just to let you know, Seth, we are all counting on you.
- The garden is mulched. Thanks to the Mays’ son for getting the good people of his neighborhood to donate mulch to us as part of his boy scout fundraiser!
- The Whip In is still the place to be while you wait for the garden to be well soaked.
The Gorman Group will be out this Saturday. No doubt they will accomplish their entire to-do list and then some -
- Fertilize with the liquid fertilizer on the leaves and soil of all plants
- Weed any Bermuda grass you see
- Reorganize any mulch washed out by the rain
- Put new twine up on the cedar post in the second tomato bed, copy the twine on metal post in the first bed
- Plant cucumber seeds in the empty bed and in among the green bean plants (move the mulch and leave the soil exposed about 2 inches around where you plant the seeds)
- Plant alternating watermelon and cantaloupe (musk melon) seeds along the entire fence (outside, but directly adjacent to the fence) We’ve already prepped the soil some there but add some of the granular fertilizer (white bag) and greensand (black bag) then till some more around each planting – about two/three seeds every two feet
- No watering, that garden was taken care of by actual rain this week!
That is all for now. Maybe pictures or an essay or haiku or two later or next week. Let us all hope so.
What has been -
Sorry, I’ve been busy (and lazy. What a dreadful combination) and this is a two week update -
I went out with the family and ran the drip and made a harvest the past two weeks. Special thanks (again, always) to Seth Henry for taking the harvest to MLF.
The garden continues to rock along but we are almost done with our fall / winter season.
What is yet to be -
The youth group is coming out this Saturday afternoon! Yes!
I am going to put them to work pulling out all of our winter plantings. I think we are going to try to sneak in a crop of beets that we will then pickle and can with the MLF genesis gardens team. Maybe a big canning party! More on that to come as the plans are solidified.