no. 14: Home, Garden & Community
Labrador Farms, a love story of home, garden and community
My home, my boys
Garden, compost, saving, sorting, preserving
Community, lessons, teaching and learning
oohs and aahs for shared success
Pictures of first buds, first harvest, tooo many tomatoes
Any idea what this is?
Collecting fall leaves and meeting neighbors
Pots of mint and basil, keep the bugs away
Sunset meals, back deck, front porch
Compost bins creating black gold
Never done, beds never really put to bed
Asking for and getting advice
Seed swaps, grange and Four Seasons
Community little library?
Little produce swap!
Stashing zucchini on neighbors porches
Summer flower bouquet
Summer fresh herb bouquet
A gentleman’s agreement
To actually enjoy pulling weeds
I’ll never admit it
Weaving garlic stems, create a garland
Ristras that look bad but taste great
Paw prints in the prepared soil
The plink of lids from the water bath
Birds squealing to get out of their yard
The Harvest committee! What will we plan this year?
How much more local I ask you?
Pop of red, orange, yellow in a bed of green
Winter nights with seed catalogs and spreadsheets
Finding empty jars on your porch, ready to be filled
Steam from the compost in the dead of winter
Who knew Labradors love tomatoes?
Grilling year round
New love, the tomatillo flower
Canning fresh salsa, stewed tomatoes
Teaching but never an expert
Learning, trying, experimenting
Wheelbarrows for moving and mixing
Skin dirty and sunburned
Labrador chasing the sprinkler
Harvesting rain, no longer on the down low
Last year’s Christmas tree becomes the mulch or the fire
Sharing starts… tomatoes, peppers, Brussels
Penstemons that buzz with happy bees
The preventative Ladybug release, for the love of ladybugs
Seed packs as gifts, wrapped in a bow
That tomato pie!
Can you say two fire pits? Three?
The promise of the next season
A gateway drug
Volunteer plants, not unwanted, that produce beyond wildest dreams
Forcing the impatient to wait
Harvest food and flowers
Harvest hard work
Harvest sun and water
Author: Kathleen Martell, 2015 Wheatie, 2016 Mentor, 2018 Advisor
Kathleen is a Wheat Ridge enthusiast! She is always looking for opportunities to spread some #WheatiesLove. As a '15 Wheaties Academy graduate, Kathleen returned as a '16 Mentor and is excited to be an '18 Advisor. She and Nat are co-ringleaders of Labrador Farms where their garden keeps them busy and Felix the Labrador keeps them entertained.