Since Katelynn had to participate with her High School Band in the Homecoming Parade tonight, it was a given that Sara was a part of it, too. Sara’s Elementary School Coach gathered the kids from his clubs, so they could walk in the parade as well. Kevin parked at the High School and walked to the starting point. When he arrived, I decided I’m gonna walk in the parade. It has been over four months, since I walked a mile. And this was the perfect first walk after my surgery. In the stadium, the girls were still participating in a dance with the football players, cheerleaders, band, other clubs and the Homecoming King & Queen. The sisters had so much fun, they actually got along with each other, which is very seldom these days. As parents we have to savor these moments. 😉
After over three months, I finally came back to the Community Garden. Christi took good care of the garden, while I was out due to sickness. But she had a lot of work to keep up with the six beds. After my tomato plants quit producing (we had a good harvest this Summer) and the tomatillos were a bust, she pulled them all out. Now, the pepper plants and the basil can breath, after all the weeds under the tomatoes are gone as well.
This afternoon I was in the garden, pulled some weeds and noticed a big fire ant hill in my front raised bed. Oh boy! I have to get rid of these ants first, before I can plug the weeds out in that area. Kevin, Sara and I went back over this evening. While Kevin was treating the ant hill, Sara and I looked at the plants and captured some photos in the garden.
🍁🍂🍃 Happy Autumn Gardening! 🍃🍂🍁
At this time of the year, I usually see a lot of hay bales out in the fields. But finding the right field for some photos can be challenging sometimes. Either the light is not perfect, or the farmer put the bales too close together, which doesn’t look attractive for a little photo shoot. But I found this field across the highway. And when the sun almost set, the light was just at the perfect angle. I was lucky back then. Because now, there is a house community built on that very same field. I don’t like it. But it is part of the progress in the Metroplex.
Today is the Last Day of School. Katelynn is done with her Middle School years, and she will start High School after Summer Break. And Sara is done with 2nd grade. It seems like yesterday, when Katelynn started Middle School and Sara had her first day in Kindergarten. Hard to believe, these three years have passed so fast.
Summer is coming early to North Texas this year. Since a couple of months, there are several big sunflower plants growing in my first raised bed. I’m still not sure, if these are self-seeders from the previous season, or a critter left some seeds of the Common Sunflowers from a nearby field in my bed. The chances are great, that some of the seeds I’ve been sowing haven’t produced last year. And now, we have some big shading plants standing tall in the Community Garden. They produce a lot of smaller heads. But they look very pretty and are very nice pollinator attractors (honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds). The birds will be happy to have fresh sunflower seeds in late Summer, again.
The idea building a Community Garden and provide food for people in need in our little city (not so little anymore) started years (decades) ago. Back then, Metro Relief was still located at the east side of the S. Colony Blvd/Paige Rd. corner. There was a little grassy, fenced lot behind the building. A few people came together and began to build raised beds and started to garden. Most the material came from the gardeners’ or other community members’ donations.
When Metro Relief moved to the other side of Paige Road., the plot was not available any longer and the Community Garden had to move to a different location. After a long process going through the city and the Denton County Government, the Community Garden found its new location next to the Lakeside Theater by Main Street. The garden had a lot more volunteers and became much bigger. It was a 100′ x 50′ fenced area with 27 raised beds at the end. The main idea still was to grow a garden for people in need. But unfortunately, the garden wouldn’t last no longer than one season. 😦
After some debating and discussion, Christi, Roseanne and I came to the conclusion it might be best to talk to Christi’s Church members, if we could have a little bit of land to build a new garden for the Community. We would work side by side with their Church Garden. Said, done! In November 2016, we had a meeting with the Church Garden members. And in February 2017, we built the first beds at the third location. Now, in the second season we have six 8′ x 4′ raised beds. We ladies grow a lot of food out of this small garden. Everything, what we can donate goes straight to the NTX Community Food Pantry. In the pantry, people can get next to breads, meats, imperishable items, hygiene products etc., some fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. But our garden is not the only organization, that donates to fresh foods to the pantry. Many churches, school gardens, and home gardens provide the pantry with fresh items as well. It is also encouraged, if home gardeners have extra foods, they can provide it to the NTX Community Food Pantry. 🙂