Grateful (not so Dead) Gardener Part III

HiEE! I pray you find yourself feeling uplifted today.

This is my final update on the garden thus far. I will definitely post more about our garden in the future…but this update needs to come to an end. In the words of Mario...HERE WE GO!

I realized I haven’t said anything about our grapes! When we first moved into our home we had a huge tree in our yard that had grapes growing up it. We didn’t realize the extent of how much we had until Nate cut the tree down and added a beautiful trellis to start training those lovelies. Turns out we have TONS of vines that needed support. I’ve read some things about how to cut them back and train them correctly. We’ve had to basically wing it, which is my all time favorite way to garden, so it works great for me. Haha!

I just have to mention how incredible it was for us to move in and find so many of our dreams were already a reality. The people who built our home George (George provides!) and Yvonne have provided us with so much. We thank them continuously. We moved in already having grapes, a perfect area for our garden(s), a barn, workshop area for Nate, a chicken coop, and apple trees! We truly couldn’t be more blessed. Everything just needed a little TLC.

Also, a huge shout out to my Joe Six Packs, aka Carp (Ryan Carpenter) for the giant play-set he gave Ethan. Thanks for providing a zero waste/zero money waste solution for our family. We love you Carpy Joe!

Some of the materials we used were bought new, but a lot of it was actually already provided courtesy of George. We aren’t worried about fancy dancy looks. Hell, the grapes are gonna cover it all anyway! What I love most about the trellis is it is providing a wall for our little garden getaway. Eventually we plan on digging down a little behind the grapes to have a secluded fire pit area. I’m excited to get a gazebo in the future as well. My late grandmother, Norah, had one in her backyard. She is my inspiration when it comes to flowers. She always had the most beautiful gardens. I want to bring those memories into my home…first I need to figure out this whole flower gardening thing. I have all the ideas in my mind, I just need help figuring it out.

You can see the trellis on the right is booming! It’s taken a few years for it to get to this “wall” level. I’m in love. Nate hopes to get the second trellis up this year so we can get that secret garden entryway we’re looking for. Nate has wire running (George provides again!) from the trellis to the fence so the grapes will vine over the fire pit area making a living ceiling. What I love most about this is that it’s going to take time and I get to watch the beauty unfold year after year. It’s been such an amazing transformation.

I love the way Nate’s brain works. He gets pretty crafty. The last two photos above are my absolute favorite part about our garden. It just gives me a sense of peace, of home, ya know? It really gets me pumped up for what this is all going to look like five, ten, even fifteen years from now. Ooooo I’m getting goosebumps.

Once our little babies are purple and sweet we will harvest them for our third year of making grape jelly. We still have around ten jars left of grape jelly from last year. It makes me happy to know where my food is coming from. It’s also great to make extra and gift it to family and friends. (Also, Ethan basically lives off PB&J). There’s nothing quite like homemade jams and jellies. When the time comes I’ll make sure to share our jelly making adventures.

Wow. I talked so much about grapes… I forgot about my carrots and beets! Eh, I’ll talk about those some other time. Grapes are too cool, man. Too cool.
Just for shits and giggles, here’s a couple photos!

Thanks for joining me today. In honor of my late grandmother, Norah, a *modified* Irish Blessing to send you off with.

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall softly upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May the Universe hold you in the palm of its hand.

Many blessings to you and yours,
Jamma

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