“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”
– Alfred Austin
I started volunteering again at Loaves and Fishes of Appleton – the place where, pre-pandemic, I helped serve meals to community members in need. They continued to provide bagged meals as a drive-up service beginning in March, 2020, but I have stayed away from serving in that capacity. Itching to help again after being fully vaccinated, I volunteered to assist in taking care of flowers in their garden through the summer months. Watering and dead-heading twice a week, weeding elsewhere as needed and requested. It gets me up and out of the house in the morning and feeds my soul, as do the flowers on the patio. The raised beds in the photo above are planted with vegetables, herbs and strawberries, and taken care of by other volunteers willing to be completely responsible for watering, weeding and making things grow. Flowers are in pots and planters off to the side of these plots.
Following are a few additional photos of the Loaves and Fishes garden, a bit of commentary and perhaps a photo or two from my patio. It’s going to be a glorious, colorful summer!
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