The Garden: Late Summer Thinning, Insights, Mission

We’ve thinned out most of the summer crops to start preparing for Fall planting. The bunnies are all grown up and have left the carrot patch. I spied one of them wearing a little blue jacket and a sack of wee carrots sprinting across the yard yesterday. Onions, Scallions, Asparagus, Cabbage, Romaine… and more are on the planting list! We have 2 watermelons developing nicely and will serve as great refreshments next weekend.

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[INSIGHTS]
Last night my good friend Scott Kinnebrew http://truthandsalvageco.blogspot.com/ referred to our garden as a “Victory Garden”. At first I didn’t know what he meant, but a quick explanation by him helped me realize that the “Victory Garden” as a response to food shortages during WWII is the style garden we’ve established. Let’s revive the “Victory Garden”!
http://www.revivevictorygarden.org/
[MISSION]
Our reasons for building and tending this garden are both financial and lifestyle in nature. Working our little garden as a family has been a tremendous morale booster! Rooted in the desire to reconnect with our origins and as tenants, not lords over the earth we have created a space for our family to use the land in a respectfully productive manner.
[THE FUTURE]
I hope that our daughter’s memories of working in this garden grow to become some of her fondest and most lasting. They will stay with Mary & I forever.
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