Friday, July 1, 2011

i never tire of this!!

my garden is so beautiful!! look at all the bounty she offers!!! GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

3 types of watermelons!!! (and that doesnt include the ones that volunteered). this first one i am going to pick. i think it's ready to eat!!

the best field peas you will ever eat. they will be ready to pick soon. i was thinking by tomorrow but not quite. abigail keeps asking if we can pick them. 
row of tomatoes. the cherry & patio tomatoes are really starting to come in. i think in the next week the tomatoes will take off. we have had enough to make us ready for more!!

and cucumbers. i said to clay the other night i think i had the sweetest cucumber i had ever had in my life!! they are so good. especially after a cold winter!! i am going to try my hand at pickling tomorrow. AGAIN!

Then there is the corn, green beans & lima beans!! the lima beans are starting to put out also. i'm sure i will be shelling field peas & lima beans within the same time frame. it's going to get busy around here! the first stand of corn is almost ready too! they have tassles out the top of the for their golden tassles to turn brown!

 this is the okra which needs to be cut & given to the goat (it's been to long to be any good) and let another crop grow up. it will produce & produce if we keep cutting it. okra is kind of hard to deal with. you have to cut it within the first 2 days of it's appearance on the plant. i'm not that good. that's also onions, 2 more tomatoes, 3 more cucumber plants, some honey dew plants, pumpkin plants & some red & sweet potatoes. there is also some basil on the end also as well as some volunteered watermelon plants. the ground is giving & giving this year.

there is asher's "big max" pumpkins. we planted 2 plants initially. have 1 growing on the back lot also & i just planted 2 new plants so we will see what comes up. every time asher sees them he says "that's got to be a record!!" our pumpkin last year was HUGE!!! so we will see. 

our zucchini. they grow so large they are as big around as the kids thighs.  

 our cantaloupe patch!!! if you enlarge it you can possible see the cantaloupes in there. there are tons!! TONS!!
 and our sunflowers. these are just for fun - for me. i dont know how to harvest the seeds. i wish i did. i guess i should learn. the bees were having a fun time out there today.
 and this gives you perspective on how tall they are.
 asher is one of my constant companions in the garden. he is sooooo sweet. i cut him a BIG sunflower since he is a big boy!!
esther is my other constant human companion in the garden. every time i pick a cherry tomato she says "a grape!!" she was happy with her sunflower until asher told her to watch out for the bees. then i had to carry it in the house for her. we cut 5 of them & put them in a vase on the counter. so pretty and perfect.
 here are my other 2 companions when i am out in the garden. these 2 love to run through the plants with me screaming at them to get out & not break the plants!!!! they are good dogs. i'm not thrilled with their housebreaking skills to date, but everything else with them is good. they are loving, affectionate, friendly dogs.
the bounty of our garden reminds me of this verse - even though i do not feel i am worthy of God's blessing on the is this to think on.

Deuteronomy 28: 1-14

Blessings for Obedience

'If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him.
Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you.
The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.
The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them. "

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