Happy New Year to one and all. I know January should be way too early to be talking about gardening. However, last week I placed the first order for materials to start seeds in last March. Seems to be jumping the gun but I need to make sure that all of the materials are on hand when it is time to begin. I have begun to study vegetable varieties that will be planted. I have started to plan the layout. Hoping there will be some precipitation this winter so the garden won't be so dry when we need to get going. Today looks like a late March day. The wish list has changed some. A few items like a compost thermometer and min/max thermometer have shown up. In March and April the construction of the boxes for the raised beds will begin so they are ready to be placed as soon as things are leveled and soil is ready to move. May will be a busy time and it is best to begin preparation now so it is less hectic than it might be.
In the bleak midwinter it is difficult to think of gardening. But at the same time it brings hope to all that spring is just over the horizon and will be here before you know it. Most gardeners start to itch when January rolls around and I am no different than the rest.
Peace be with you all.
The garden is a Memorial Garden, a garden of benevolence, a garden of love. It is a gift to our community from the God of Love, Jesus the Christ. The first “seeds” for our garden have come from members of the congregation and a designation from the congregation’s memorial funds. These seeds have brought us to the beginning of a journey that will last for many years. Guided by the Holy Spirit we will plow forth until row upon row of our work is accomplished and our community is better nourished. The Lord invites you all to be part of His work on earth strengthening and feeding His children. The garden is made possible by generous donations from the community, and grants from the ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants, the Alaska Food Policy Council through the Municipality of Anchorage, the Alaska Women's Giving Circle, The Alaska Master Gardeners of Anchorage, the generous support by the congregation of Lutheran Church of Hope, and support from the Alaska Synod of the ELCA.