I have found it difficult to move along with life since world events over last weekend. My heart still hurts for those who are recovering from physical wounds, the families of those who lost loved ones, those who have lost trust that their everyday lives will be safe.
But life goes on, there is still beauty and goodness to be found if you open your heart and look for it.
My bloggy friends who have been with me for awhile will remember my large, delicious, and beautiful garden and fruit trees in Minnesota. This summer has been most humbling in my new home in South Carolina.
I have lost my green thumb!
Or at least left it somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Here is attempt #3 to grow something (anything!) beyond a few tomatoes in pots on the deck!
The first two plantings disappeared when the plants got an inch tall. The garden store lady, a real Southernor (her accent tipped me off) told me it was the mushroom compost I used. It burned the roots.
I dug out the mushroom compost and replaced it with plain organic soil and these plants seem to be taking to their new home.
I have chard, kale, lettuce, and some basil plants from a pot on the deck that have now lived for over two weeks. Nothing has keeled over or evaporated and they actually seem to be putting forth new leaves. That's progress!
Here's our invention to keep the deer from snacking on our produce. The frame is light and tips over easily to tend to the bed.
It can be covered to protect the plants from frost and freezes should we get them this winter, and we recycled most of it from other projects.
I was a little more successful in the flower garden. I lost plenty to deer, but the morning glories have been ... well,
I'll leave you with a little smile because the world certainly needs more of those this week.