So I know I haven’t posted any recipes in a while, but I have been out of town a lot, visiting family and then camping, so I haven’t really made anything. In addition, we have started a very exciting project my church: Love Chapel Hill. We will be planting our very first ever, Love Chapel Hill Community Garden. A group of this got this crazy idea that we would start a garden and then feed ourselves and our community with it. Sounds simple right?! Or not…
We went one Sunday afternoon to stake out our ground and mark the area we wanted to dig up for approval. It was beautiful, sunny, no clouds and not too much or too little shade from the surrounding trees. The only problem seemed to be that it was about 500 ft from the water supply…but that’s ok, that’s why hoses link together. After a few Craigslist searches and donated hoses, we have more than enough hose to reach…which will be awesome once we get the water to flow from the faucet
Seeds were one of the easiest parts of this garden planning process. One of our dear friends got some seeds donated to us from his dad’s store, so we only had to order a few of all of the things we wanted to plant.
Our seeds are all currently sitting in waiting, except the peppers and tomatoes that have to be started inside, because of our biggest obstacle: rocks in the ground! Not like the little pebble kind that are nice for drainage, but 1-3 foot rocks that have been stuck in that ground probably since got created the earth! After the mini-tiller was a terrible start, we have resorted to the use of the mattock: an awesome tool to use, so long as you don’t mind a little back pain the next day. So over the past 3 weeks we have been working at beating up the ground and removing said massive rock from it. Many people may have given up at this point, be now we are so close, we hope to finish preparing the ground this weekend. It will be such a joy to till in the topsoil/compost and set out our nice little rows. (hoping to get you some pictures soon!)
I am so excited to be growing some of my own food this year, and having the opportunity to share it with friends and our community! If you are in the area and want to help, please let me know and I’ll add you to the workday email list.
So even though I didn’t give you a recipe today, know that the yummy local life is continuing as we enter into spring!