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Saturday, May 5, 2012

My Vegetable Garden….in loving memory.

For the past two years I have chatted on Facebook with my friend Christina about wanting to plant a garden. I am not the vegetable garden type, or the vegetable loving type for that matter either.  I prefer a potato chip to a vegetable, but that’s another story for another time.  A garden really intrigued me, and I really wanted to try to grow our own food… to be a little more self sustaining.  The problem was I hadn’t the foggiest idea how to go about it.  I am talking clueless!  Picture “city girl trying to do some kind of farm work in the country”.   That would  be me.  Last spring I posted an SOS on my friend’s  wall asking what website to go to to find out what I needed to know.  She sent me a link and encouraged me with this, “Jackie- You can do it!” 
Christina, my Facebook and IRL friend, passed away this past fall unexpectedly.  I wrote about it here.  The weeks and months after her death, I thought about her and the ways in which our lives connected (mostly via the net).  She inspired me in so many area of her life; from having goats and chickens, to making homemade yogurt and bread to having her own vegetable garden.  I wistfully thought of attempting things of that nature…. the things my crunchy, granola, Facebook friend did.  She was so different than me, and yet accepted our differences with ease and grace. 
This year I knew that I would plant a garden.  In my own mind…. in my own way… I knew it would be in memory of her.  She would be really proud of me.  I posted Facebook photos of my little space, and I surely missed her comments that I know would have been there. 
Christina, I did it!  I actually planted a vegetable garden.  You’re still inspiring me to grow and change. 

garden may 2 The corn is growing well, as are the pole beans.
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The garden-hard to see but sweet bell peppers and tomatoes are on the left and strawberries line the right.
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Small tomato starting to grow…
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Jabber Jaws spinach that he just had to plant!

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  Close up of the corn and beans.


Susan said...

*sniff* What a great tribute! She would LOVE it!!

Anonymous said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. I miss her, too. I wish she'd had some idea of how many lives she touched.

Troy and Rachel said...

What a fantastic way to remember a friend!! I hope your garden grows and grows! It looks great!! Take care!!

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