With the busy garden season in full swing here at Scott Christian Care Center we have been running full steam ahead. Our teams have divided up and are doing our site visits. That is a massive undertaking in itself we have nearly 90 gardens in two states and two counties. Wow….. Our gardens are doing great.
I have seen some amazing things growing in our participants gardens. I must say I see such awesome ideas, things I never thought would work that are working. One gardener had been having trouble with deer. Someone had told him to run fishing line around his garden sort of like electric fence would be run. I guess the idea is that deer can’t see it when they bump against it and it spooks them. whatever it does to the deer its working.
I stole the idea for my own garden and its working for me too. who’da thunk it Right?
Another garden was growing in deep woods….. yup, full on total shade I would have said it wouldn’t work for the sun-loving plants, but it was working great.
At the Christian Care Center we have a small space out behind the building where last year we placed two raised beds and did a bucket garden. We struggled with the buckets it was a learning experience for us. So this year we thought let’s try it again and do things a little different. We added three trash can potato barrels too. Everything is going well we just harvested our first tomatoes.
Our hopes were to grow veggies we could give out at our food bank. The Christian Care center operates a food bank every Tuesday. This week was amazing although it wasn’t a massive amount. We were able to give out veggies we grew out back. It was a blessing for me to see clients excited about receiving garden fresh vegetables.
I would like to take a moment and talk about the abundances from our gardens. I think in the spirit of the vision of Mr. DeJoria and all the Grow Appalachia partners we owe it to give back and share the wonderful abundances that we have been blessed with from our gardens.
I want to challenge all of the people who read this blog.
Donate some of what you harvest to your local food bank or soup kitchen.
The need is great, on a whole people we see in our food bank are elderly, have extreme disabilities, or single mothers with young children. They aren’t people always looking for a hand out that are lazy and don’t want to work. Some Folks just can’t plant a garden for whatever the reason. It means so much to those who receive healthy garden produce.
Have a blessed and wonderful day,