Our house is full of new life. Seeds and plants have been planted in the garden, wild strawberries are blooming, the crab-apple and apple trees are in full blossom and we've got flowers all around. I stepped back the other day and just thought, "Wow, this is really beautiful". It's a true glimpse of heaven when we get to experience the beauty of all of God's creation.
We're hoping to preserve much of our winter vegetables from our gardens. We are so optimistic and excited for this year. We were able to add two new raised beds for growing, and we were able to plant lots more because of it. Our garden is filled with the traditional staples for my family: zucchini, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, onions, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, green beans, peas, and cucumbers. It will be a busy, but so worth it, growing season!
The only thing that isn't looking great on our property are the apple trees. I like to make applesauce and bake with the apples we get from our two mature apple trees, but this year we are only seeing a few blossoms near the top of the trees. Last year our apple harvest was huge, and that seems to be a trend for our trees; we get one year of great harvest and the next year is a very small harvest (if there's even enough apples to get anything). We'll have to head up to my grandma and grandpa's farm to get some apples from them this year for our applesauce. Their farm also just supplied us with a nice supply of rhubarb, which I'm working on cutting up and freezing for future baking and jam once we have strawberries to combine it with.
We are so lucky to be able to have this earth for food and beauty. I thank God each morning for giving us this wonderful planet, fully of everything needed for life, for us to live. What a gift!
Until next time,
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