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.

Food from the garden in 2019 was sent to Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, the Tudor Road Gospel Rescue Mission, and to Bean's Cafe.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Fool

March this year came in like a lion and when out the same way. It was the 9th coldest March on record for Anchorage. The highest temperature recorded for the month was 35° F. Last year it seemed like we had record high temperatures every day.  Then at the end of the month it was the coup d'gras, 9 inches of new snow. The snow was melting. Yes, it was slow. The snowfall on the 28th was just too much for me to take. The last time we had this much snow on the ground on April 1 it took until the 28th of April for it to officially melt away.

I did pick up a new chipper/shredder up at Home Depot today. I ordered in the middle of March knowing it would be the end of April before it arrived in Anchorage. But it's here now. It's still in the box and probably will be for the next few weeks yet. After all, everything I would want to chip or shred is covered with snow.

The highs for the next week or so are supposed to be above normal. That's good. I would like all of the lows to be above freezing as well. A little rain would speed things up. But I'm afraid that any precipitation we might get would be snow. I certainly don't want snow.

I did talk with Sheila Toomey today about being put on the Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage (AMGA) garden tour this summer. That's sounds like fun. We can spread the word about the mission of the garden and what the plans are for the future. I will probably put some seeds in dirt this week to get things moving along. Looking forward to the first planting of the year. Though I do still have to turn some bowls for the sale at the end of the month.

Thanks for reading, may the Lord be with you always, and we will see you in the garden.