I know I don't usually have a blog post on days that start with "T", but since there are only two days left to get the retiring stamp sets, I felt I needed to. My inspiration today is the garden, aka my alternative to a gym membership.
|HARD TO TELL HOW STEEP IT IS FROM UP HERE.|
We have beautiful views here in the Appalachian Mountains, due to the hilly nature of our homestead, which can be seen by the picture in my blog header. Unfortunately, those beautiful, hilly views mean our garden is on a bit of a slop. And by bit, I mean it's steep enough that we are having to terrace each planting bed.
|A BETTER SHOT OF THE TERRACED BEDS.|
TWO DOWN, FOUR TO GO!
That involves stakes and string to delineate the beds, then shoveling the soil from the pathways on the downhill side onto the uphill bed. Lots of hard work, which definitely gets the heart pounding and back aching by the end of the day. Not a whole lot of fun, but once it is done, we won't have to do it ever again. Hallelujah! The FUN part is the planning, and ordering seeds, and starting the seedlings.
That's why I chose the retiring Helping Me Grow for this card. I loved how I could make it look like a seed packet! But I admit I had to laugh at the "25 cents" price. I wish! It might be cheaper in the long run to buy the produce at the store (this year), but the variety wouldn't be the same. Plus, I'll know how it was grown, how fresh it is, and I'll be saving seeds for next year's crop!
Did you notice that Mr. Cardinal stopped by the garden to look for weed seeds or bugs in the first picture? He's welcome to them! Here's a close-up.
We were blessed to find lots of bales of old hay in the barn, which are great for mulch and will break down to feed the heavy clay soil. Each year we'll add more compost and mulch to improve the soil.
So, what are YOU growing?