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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Fruits of our Labor - The Garden 2012

This is our real Country Living, our own place-- where real sweat comes out of our hard work as we cultivate the soil and nurture every plants everyday and tears of happiness for every fruits we harvest to share and offer our relative and friends. This is the beginning of our Garden Story....   




There is nothing more exciting and happy moment than when you see your plants growing and bearing fruits after lots of hard work everyday.  They say that one should have a 'magic green thumb,' otherwise you can't successfully make one plant live.  I still believe that a person who likes planting should have lots of energy, patience, perseverance, knowledge, and yes, lots of love for the plants.  I also believe that this kind of inner feelings will resonate to the plants you want to grow. Actually, I talk to plants and seeds while planting and watering them.  It’s like a karma that can be applied not only to people, but to other living things like plants.      

I’m very proud to dedicate this section, “The Fruits of our Labor,” to  my husband, the Great Gardener, for his very hard work in our garden.  Only last June of this year, after his job ended in Newport News, Virginia, he started to sow different varieties of seeds in our garden. Though he was late in planting, it didn’t bother him at all and even made a bigger garden than before.    My husband is a hard worker who wakes up everyday at 4:00 am and drinks his coffee while waiting for the sunrise.   I wasn’t able to help him plant this year because I was torn up by chigger bites.  It was my first time to be bitten up by these small, but "extremely terrible insects."  The itching hasn’t stop until now and I’m beginning to feel how my son suffered, too, because of these “friendly bugs.”  Anyway, I will be doing the job of watering them when my husband goes to another job again in other states.

We first started planting in our small garden last spring of 2011 only.  The first plants he ordered to buy-- two of each kind-- were fruit cocktail, nectarine, peach, and his favorite, gala apple trees.  All the trees are still alive and have survived the winter, except the gala apple trees.  He had them returned for an exchange and planted them again this year.   We had a good harvest of  squash, pumpkins, watermelon, okra, bitter melon, green beans, cantaloupes, onions, zucchini, and tomatoes.  Some plants didn’t grow good like-- spinach, bell pepper, cauliflower, and broccoli. The corn didn’t have   good produce because it was infested by underground beetles, while the snow peas were damaged due to heavy rain.  The blackberries grew, but they didn’t bear fruits yet, until this year only. We shared some of these harvests like-- okra, zucchini, carrots, bitter melons, and onions with our family members and friends.  My husband canned the squash and green beans, while I baked a lot of pumpkin breads, cookies, pies and did fried okra.      

This year, 2012 ,  the Great Gardener sowed different varieties of seeds for squash, pumpkins,  and watermelons. He also sowed seeds of okra, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, corn, green beans and sunflower. He also planted sweet potatoes, grapes, and yes, even walnut trees . He bought additional seeds of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. He also set up a good water irrigation system by using a soaker hose. I will not have a hard time watering them with a single hose anymore.  He even bought a small compostumbler.   He mixes the grass, dried leaves, coffee granules, tea bags,  eggshells, fruit and vegetable scraps. Aside from the organic fertilizer that will be made, my husband gets also some compost tea.  It is the juice that drips out  of all the mixtures in the compos tumbler.  He mixes it with water and uses it as liquid fertilizer for the plants.

Even though, it’s not much yet,  still we are proud to show “the first fruits of our labor” this year.  Anyway, have a taste of our harvests for the day and you will really like them.  

Please see the Fruits of Our Labor (2012):
       Harvests #1
       Harvests #2
          Harvests #3
          Harvests #4
       Harvests #5
       Harvests #6
       Harvests #7
       Harvests #8


  1. Wow great job, i bet the fruits taste better than the one we buy in the store. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

  2. Yes, of course, these fruits taste fresh and better than the ones we buy in the store. Thank you very much for your nice comment.