3.11.2011

Happy {Spring} Friday!

I love these kinds of "Be Still" days. The birds and squirrels are busy, the trees are bursting with new life, the water in my backyard fountain is trickling, but I'm just sitting still and enjoying the moment...with a few fun things by my side:


  1. Bible...though I hardly need it today, because the Lord is pouring forth speech in His Spring creation! So cool how He does that!
  2. journal...because I still love to put a pen to paper
  3. set of notecards...designed by me...just in case God puts someone on my heart today
  4. morning tea...switching to Blackberry Sage iced tea this afternoon
  5. water bottle...pink, of course!
  6. iPhone...with a cute "dancing in the kitchen" case from my husband
  7. gardening book...because all this talk about the way we eat has given me a desire to try a garden

I've been talking {and reading} about an edible garden for years. I think the recovering perfectionist in me needs to drop the books and just do it! Any tips on starting a simple garden that yields real food you can eat? I've got the herb part down, but what next?

I'd love to make this big city life feel a little more country, and I think gardening is just the thing! So I can't have chickens roaming around, but surely my girls and I can grow a thing or two in this city soil!

Happy Friday, Sweet Readers!

Update: I spent the whole day outside and missed the news about Japan. Oh, Lord, hear their cries for mercy.

17 comments:

  1. sounds like a perfect day to me!
    xo

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  2. Such lovely things to be surrounded by. I would love to start a garden too. Love that much with the hot pink lid!

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  3. I meant to say "mug" with the hot pink lid... ;)

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  4. Can I come to your house?? Idaho spring is bipolar as one of my friends says. Go for it is definitely the WORD when it comes to gardening. There is no perfection - remember that. But with every adventure there is growth in knowledge. So pray, incorporate help, and then just do it. Really! Good luck & keep us posted.

    PS. Lettuce (in lots of varieties) is my favorite year in and year out. Plant in progression.

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  5. Robyn, I would LOVE it if you would come! I just want someone to hold my hand and get me started! I was thinking lettuces because it's something we use so much, but what do you mean plant in progression? A row of one kind then a row of another? I'm totally clueless!

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  6. I wish it felt like spring here!! It's pouring!! Like crazy flash, flood looking pouring. But we don't get those here cuz we're used to lots of rain. But I really want to do a vegetable garden this year too! We can learn together. Tell me if you recommend that book.

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  7. Sounds heavenly! I just gave my Dad the Garden Anywhere book for Christmas and he loves it. My parents are in the process of building and "edible garden" right now. I'm waiting to see how it goes and then I'll give it a go! : )
    Melissa

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  8. I was just talking about wanting to start a garden...I might have to get a copy of that book!

    Leigha

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  9. Hi Linsey, your posts just keep getting better and better! Bravo to deciding to take your eating habits to the next level. I tried a little garden bed and wasn't so successful thanks to the Texas heat. My best advice for you for a first year garden is to buy plants that are already established and not to try planting your own seeds just yet. They're so fragile ;/ My friend did a wonderful post on organic gardening last year, if I can find it - I'll post the link for you. She's much more knowledgeable than me.

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  10. Here's the link

    http://slsmithphotography.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/getting-started.html

    Good Luck to us both, we can grow our own a bit this year!!

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  11. Thanks for the link, Stacy. I'm totally with you: plants, not seeds, on this first go-round. The simpler, the better!

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  12. Me too! we are going to try a garden. We are going to be moving soon and there will be a space for a garden. What fun! you, Lissa, me and whoever else! How inspiring that will be! I love your mug for tea...and your iphone case;) My oldest daughter is reading about the Feingold diet for me...:)
    xo

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  13. Sounds like my kinda day.
    I'm itching to start my garden. I purchased a small greenhouse a few years ago that has been a huge help here in CT where it doesn't get warm until well into May. I start some veggies by seed and some plants. Lettuce is really easy and you can start when it is still chilly {cold frame} and then a second planting in the fall as the temps start to cool down. We do the basics ~ beans, several squashes, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, garlic and last year I planted asparagus.

    Jo

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  14. A vegetable garden is so much fun -- a little work but the reward of harvesting and eating something you nurtured is awesome! I'm no expert, and I live in California so our climates aren't the same, but my advice is to be sure to plant things your family will eat, monitor water needs of the plants, and make sure your exposure is good so the plants can thrive. Also, I find that asking for advice from the employees at a good, local nursery is really helpful. Good Luck and I can't wait to see what you harvest!

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  15. I would love to start one too. I've added a few things to my patio, but no space for a garden.

    I love your little set up here. Looks like the perfect day :)

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  16. Try Wabash Feed Store on Washington Ave for some potted lettuce. I've had great success with lettuce in my garden. I was at Wabash several weeks ago and they were selling pots with all sorts of colorful lettuce. It's pretty easy to grow peppers in pots on the patio, too, although they're not as pretty as the lettuce.

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  17. Thank you, Sherri! So helpful! My sister lives over that way, so I'll have to stop by next time I visit her.

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