Well friends, it’s June 16th, and I am coming at you with my first garden update of the 2017 growing season. Hum. Where exactly did the time go? And better yet, what on earth have I been doing? Time has somehow slipped between my fingers so rapidly, that I cannot even seem to identify the activities that filled these minutes, hours and days.
But nonetheless, this garden of ours is surely well underway, and perhaps the furthest along we have ever been come this time of the year. I believe I can owe a great deal of this success to the fact that my girls have been real, active participants in our homestead this year. While in the past the girls surely had “jobs” like collecting eggs in the morning, watering their fairy garden, and picking ripe cherry tomatoes from the vine, but this year the girls have been logging some legit man-power hours. Gianna hauls spent dishwater outside to water plants, and she moves the sprinkles around to various locations throughout these hot, dry days we have been experiencing. Addie tilled all the garden beds this spring, and she does a great deal of the wedding that needs to be done in the veggie beds.
And let me tell you, this year these littles are much more appreciative of the strawberries gracing their breakfast table and the cilantro and lettuce making its way into their tacos come dinnertime. And isn’t this what homesteading and forming connections with our food is all about? With the knowledge of the human labor and natural resources needed to grow our food, we are much more humble and filled with an awe-inspiring sense of gratitude when we are able to bring that food to our tables.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend, in which you are able to nourish your body with food that gives you strength in body, as well as soul.