Monday, May 21, 2012


Our family just got back from vacation.  While I spent the days leading up to it doing laundry, packing, re-packing and cleaning the house, my husband worked away at his latest project:  an irrigation system.  He was literally tweaking and testing that thing up until the minute we left for the airport.  We crossed our fingers and hoped that it would keep our garden alive while we were away.   

Eight days later (with not a drop of rain) we got home and rushed to the backyard.  We were amazed. Not only did our garden survive, it flourished.  

I sat and stared.  

Because isn't that what we all want?  To flourish.  It's not a coincidence.  We don't grow on accident.  

I'm new to this gardening thing.  I don't know all the lingo or the tricks for ensuring success, but here's what I have learned.

Soil.  It breathes life or births disease. You can spray and weed and fight, but if the soil isn't rich, if the foundation isn't healthy, we will not thrive.  

Water.  Often times, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, nature takes care of the watering.  But when the dry spells come, when the days are long and hot, you get out that hose and water (you even build an irrigation system if you have to).  One way or the other, we need to be watered.  

Light.  Even when it's gray, the sun is shining.  The clouds eventually clear.  The darkness passes and we grow.  

What happens when all these things work together?  


And from the harvest...

Caesar Salad - romaine from the garden
(dressing:  1/4 cup olive oil, 3 cloves garlic minced, 1 lime, salt and pepper to taste, Parmesan cheese)

Kale Smoothie (aka: my daily breakfast):
1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, Shaklee Cinch Protein, 3 kale leaves, 1 T ground flaxseed, 1 t almond or peanut butter,
1 cup ice.  Blend and enjoy!

Wishing you abundance,


  1. Thanks, Malcolm! We love it.

  2. So awesome! Nice raised beds; really lovely.