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About wsmithtdj

Gardener, mother, wife, transcriptionist, Jesus follower.

Evening Harvest

I hosted a self-guided you-pick harvest in my home garden yesterday. I grew a salad. Except the kale. Eating raw kale requires a ton of chewing. Maybe someone should invent kale gum, you just keep chewing and chewing.

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Radishes the size of baseballs!

The community garden at New Image Youth Center is bursting with produce, bursting I tell you.  Yesterday, I tended to the beds in the rain for a few hours; the rain and I were partners, cleansing the plants, nourishing them.  … Continue reading

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Eat a homegrown salad, kids. Add some edible flowers.

Our middle school garden class harvested heads of lettuce today and made themselves salads.  We added baby Swiss chard and celery that was ripe for the picking from the beds.  For an interesting twist, I brought in homegrown edible nasturtiums.  … Continue reading

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Wealth

I am surrounded by the rich.  have you met them?  our friends who are blessed beyond measure?  I am surrounded by people overflowing with love.   the oppressed, the marginalized, the victims, society names them.  I say no.  you have it … Continue reading

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Calendula

This girl was worth the wait. From seed, it took about three months to flower. The nasturtiums, also from seed, are taking over the veggie bed, next to heirloom green zebra stripe tomatoes (yes, from seed). Peak early spring.

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Boxes of lettuce

Don’t get your food from a box. Unless you’re just reusing the box and filling it with fresh lettuce that you grew in your community garden, surrounded by your friends. Then, and only then, you may get your food from … Continue reading

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Finding

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out … Continue reading

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We done good.

The kids designed the booth, sold a bunch of herbs, arugula, lettuce, flowers.  Ate a ton of kettle corn.  Talked up our garden and the school.  Success. Make your own bouquet was a big hit. 

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Fridge Flowers

We’re off to the Lake Mary Farmers’ Market to sell flowers and veggies from our school garden. My monkeys wanted to know why there were flowers in the fridge 🙂 To keep ’em fresh, silly.

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Heirloom Orange & Green Zebra Tomato!

Last summer, I visited the Florida School of Holistic Living’s Seed Bank. It is a comprehensive collection of heirloom seeds from Baker’s Creek, a gardener’s dream. We grew heirloom squash at New Image, calendula, sunflowers and, in my home garden, … Continue reading

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