Humble Beginnings

May 4, 2010 | Full Time Family, Gardening | 10 comments

My sweet little sister longs to be domestic.
I am so proud that she craves to learn more of what may seem “old fashioned ways”… sewing, cooking, raising children, staying at home, and gardening.
This morning I dropped off the chickens at “One Grams” and armed with borrowed tools, my seeds from last year, a few herbs from my garden and $30 from Mom we dug her first garden… her first potager.  
Four humble 4′ by 4′ squares with space enough for the landlords lawn mower… we added topsoil, manure… and love.
Onion, Zucs, Jalapenos, Lettuces, Spinach, Thyme, Sage, Basil and Yellow and Green Pole Beans.  
We trimmed suckers and overgrown trees…
We dreamed of what could be done with her forlorn, neglected backyard.  What it would look like without violet weeds and dandy lions… a refuge for her as she patiently awaits an engagement ring (or whatever God has planned for her).
She began cautiously, wondering of the responsibility involved… three hours later ideas were rolling off her tongue.  
I think she is smitten.
Congratulations on your new home and your new hobby Chelsea!


  1. 1 Funky Woman

    Oh how fun to do that with her! Her garden spots are so cute!

  2. Tamra

    What a beautiful little potager!!

    Now she needs to keep her eyes open for canning jars at yard sales (often sold for a dime each or less) so she can start the next fun part of gardening….canning! There is something so satisfying about a garden, but to then later see it’s produce sitting in pretty jars tipped upside down to cool and later on your pantry shelves (I sometimes display them on a pretty silver tray right in the center of the table or kitchen) is just wonderful!!

    Best canning book for recipes I’ve come across so far is “Small batch preserving”. Fabulous! Each recipe is for just 2-4 cups. easy!

    What fun the two of you will have this summer!

  3. myletterstoemily

    what a great big sis you are!

    my oldest daughter has had my
    youngest living with her all year
    and has taught her so many

    to see your children love each
    other is such a gift.

  4. cityfarmer

    even weeding might be fun … this is a day Chels will never forget

    … I am a blessed Mum

  5. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    What great memories you and your sister made together, I’m so excited to see her garden when it matures! You are good at what you do, so I’m happy to see you’re sharing what you know, Farmgirl!

  6. SK

    I agree–what a great sister you are!

  7. Stephanie

    That is so sweet of you to help her. It’s going to be beautiful.

  8. Jen Chandler


    So good to wander back to your
    lovely space.

    Your sister’s garden spots are adorable! I too, long to be at home, working on what I’m passionate about and not working “because”. She’s not alone in longing to homestead (or as i like to call it “manorstead”).

    I hope all is well!

  9. Faith

    Thank you!!! I love you too-so very much!!!


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