What is Paradise but a Garden?

Gardening is its own reward. Whether you have only house plants or you have forty acres, it’s all about connecting with the soil, the plants and the elements. Gardening is a great way to get your Vitamin D! Organic gardening, please. That’s the only way to keep it real so don’t be sucked in by quick chemical fixes.

When I garden I feel closer to God. Just look around you. The Divine Gardener did a pretty good job so I have a worthy role model.

Here are some pics from my yard. Don’t be discouraged. I have been at it for awhile, folks, so I have a lot of stuff going on in my yard. Some areas are a glowing success and some areas are not so hot. No matter. I just keep digging. Gardeners know all the best dirt.

God is Green!

Here’s a papaya tree in bloom. I’m going to have fruit soon. Who knew? North Central Florida is not a good place to grow papayas. I’ll have to drag it inside when we have a freeze. What fun!

Here’s a papaya tree in bloom. I’m going to have fruit soon. Who knew? North Central Florida is not a good place to grow papayas. I’ll have to drag it inside when we have a freeze. What fun!

You can see the whole papaya tree here.

You can see the whole papaya tree here.

The tall yellow plants are coreopsis and the colorful leaves in the foreground are caladiums.

The tall yellow plants are coreopsis and the colorful leaves in the foreground are caladiums.

Another pineapple will soon be ready for harvesting! Three pineapples in one year. I’ve never had so many. All are in pots because pineapples are not very cold tolerant so they must be brought in during cold weather. It’s a pain but I lug them in and out. Every time I cut the top off a pineapple I put it in dirt and, Voila! a new pineapple plant begins. Just between you and me, I might have over-done it with the pineapples.

Another pineapple will soon be ready for harvesting! Three pineapples in one year. I’ve never had so many. All are in pots because pineapples are not very cold tolerant so they must be brought in during cold weather. It’s a pain but I lug them in and out. Every time I cut the top off a pineapple I put it in dirt and, Voila! a new pineapple plant begins. Just between you and me, I might have over-done it with the pineapples.

Sara Nussel