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Posted June 18, 2013 - 10:31 PM

The Church, I am a member of, has a Church Garden. It started about four years ago and I've been involved from the beginning. I only live 3/4 of a mile from it so I just drive the GT's there. All of the produce we grow is donated to the local food shelf. The program has been successful so far.

 

This year we have had some challenges. Our Master Gardener's health has gotten to the point that he can no longer help. Tom has been fighting Leukemia. Please pray for him! Anyway we have been real light with help and I am hoping that will change. Last year it was so dry that watering was a big chore. The garden is almost the size of a football field. The work maybe hard at times but it is certainly worth it!

 

Today I had good seat time on my 216 w/tiller and the 318 mowing around the garden.

 

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Posted June 19, 2013 - 02:06 AM

Good seat time and a worthy cause.
Prayers to Tom and his family for a complete recovery.
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Posted June 19, 2013 - 08:22 AM

We will be praying for Tom and his family.  Tough times do indeed bring people closer.  God bless you all.


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Posted June 19, 2013 - 09:36 AM

thats a big garden and the best of luck with it in the future


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Posted June 19, 2013 - 02:15 PM

Tom was admitted to the Hospital this morning.  Also pray for his wife Theresa.


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Posted June 19, 2013 - 07:39 PM

Steve have you considered using Drip Irrigation set up on a timer for watering?


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Posted June 20, 2013 - 06:34 AM

Steve have you considered using Drip Irrigation set up on a timer for watering?

We have discussed that and other options. I am on the Church Board but it just takes time for approval. We use a large tank on a trailer with a generator currently.



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Posted June 21, 2013 - 12:26 AM

UPDATE

 

Visited Tom today and he is doing better. Doctors are stumped as he has very low BP and extremely low platelet count. Maybe insect or environment related and is not the cancer at all.


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Please keep praying for Tom. He is home and Doc's are back to cancer as the problem. Waiting to start Chemo if he can get strong enough.

 

Meanwhile the garden he planted is doing well. I was pulling weeds today.

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Posted July 11, 2013 - 05:36 AM

That's a great looking garden :thumbs: Hope you have help with one that's so BIG



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Posted July 11, 2013 - 08:24 AM

That's a great looking garden :thumbs: Hope you have help with one that's so BIG

Getting people involved has been challenging. It has been my Dad and myself so far. Everyone is just so busy with their own work.



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Posted September 01, 2013 - 04:57 PM

Just passed the 1000 pounds of veggies. Still getting lots of tomatoes. Onions and peppers about done. Still have the squash and pumpkins coming.


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 06:56 AM

Great to hear its going well ! I hope people appreciate your efforts
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Posted September 07, 2013 - 07:17 AM

That is a lot of veggies. A great way to provide for others.


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Posted September 08, 2013 - 02:31 PM

Getting people involved has been challenging. It has been my Dad and myself so far. Everyone is just so busy with their own work.

I know exactly what you are talking about there. I started a community garden in my hometown this past spring.  There is a garden that benefits a local food ministry and there are personal garden plots that are rented out by the year.  The whole concept behind the garden was that the "renters" would help tend the food ministry garden and in the beginning everyone was saying "yeah I will help" but that has not been the case. I have had some help from a local girl scout troup but when you put a bunch on YOUNG girls in the garden that dont know what they are doing and parents that are more interested in standing on the sidelines and gossiping, the outcome is not very good. There are always people with good "intentions" but unfortunately intentions dont get a lot accomplished.  We didnt get much of anything planted in the spring and what did get planted didnt produce because of lack or watering and fertilizing.  I replanted it a month or so ago and have starting picking squash and zucchini. I have spent this weekend tilling and getting ready to plant turnips so that we will at least have some produce to provide to the ministry.  There were a few times that I was ready to just throw in the towel and walk away but my determination wont let me do that.  I have decided not to plant my personal garden this spring and will concentrate all of my time and efforts on the big garden.  What little bit of produce that we will eat, I can bring home from that garden.

 

Keep up the good work!


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