Pretty stinkin' well, if I do say so myself.
And it's about time.
We've tried to get food out of our garden for years.
For years we have failed and thought over and over that if our life depended on our garden, the Hendricks would have died a long time ago.
The other night we ate a salad and everything (except the tomatoes) came from our backyard.
This salad contained lettuce, spinach, green onions, carrots, and broccoli.
We were in awe.
I added tomatoes that Jessie and I bought on our hippy trip to the local farmer's market.
I'm amazed at how plants like spinach, lettuce, broccoli and carrots can keep on thriving after several "freezes." They look so frail, and yet they are incredibly hardy.
I can't wait for our Spring garden.
If you are wanting to try your hand at a garden, right now is the time when you buy potatoes. From what I've heard potatoes are super easy to grow. You have to buy them now, and plant them in the ground Valentine's Day weekend.
Gardening has been great for my soul. I think there is something so good about digging in the earth and watching the natural cycles of life right in your own backyard. I think in our culture it's easy to live far from the earth, unattached to the life it brings and the lessons God teaches through His creation.
I know it sounds weird to say that growing a garden has been a very spiritual thing for me...but the truth is...it has.
Eating our first "this grew in our backyard" salad was more fulfilling and rewarding than I think any of us were expecting.
Anyone planting a garden this Spring?
I'm so ready for this winter to be over. I want to feel the sun on my skin and the earth in my hands.