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Planting Time

This is the third year we are running the community garden to help our unemployed neighbors feed their families. We borrow an acre of land and help our neighbors grow for their families and sell the access to the local cooperative. Planting season is a family affair for us. This year Timmy helped us plant corn and yucca plant (by hand). He also helps us water our garden every day. Each year we glean more knowledge and have more fun during growing season. There's nothing like eating fresh, organic produce from your own garden. Today we made this pascualina, which is like a spinach quiche, picked today from our garden! Do you have a garden? What do you like to plant?


  1. We love gardening as well and growing up always had one that my dad helped us with. Now where we live in Costa Rica we don´t have dirt so potted plants have to do.

    I am so glad you get to do this with Timothy and the community. This is such a great way to help, have family time and make memories!

  2. Hello there,

    I have been following your blogspot and found very interesting, mau God bless all of you.

    Greetings to Tabita.

    Stefan Zakowski

  3. How exciting!! Sounds like you're settling back to normal there quite well. I'm fascinated by your one acre garden plot and what an amazing way to reach out to the community with the Lord's love and provision. How neat to see his provision with getting a new vehicle for your ministry as well! May God continue to shine His face upon your family! Love, Dan & Tami

  4. Gardening is hard work!!! Proud of you for helping your neighbor help him feed his family and the community. Is your neighbor the only one who works in the garden or do you open up to anyone in the community who needs food?
    I would plant lots of squash, leaf lettuce yiels a lot for a little space and keeps regrowing. I would plant green onions and white onions and radishes always do well, I like peas but the plants are low to the ground and harder to work with. Tomatoes also yield a lot but have to watch out for tomato worms. Broccoli is hard to grow because of bugs. Sweet corn is the highest oxygen producing plant but it is itchy and sometimes gets fungus and corn bores. The Burpee long seedless
    cucumbers a must, have you tried growing potatos? Have you tried growing the Hass avacadoes? garden with chives, and cilantro, and parsley, and dill and rosemary and thyme. Herb was to preface garden. Love, Mom


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