The Story of Rachelle’s Garden and a Tour 4

Roots ~

Welcome to my garden! As, I take you on a virtual tour, let me start by sharing a bit about my gardening roots.

Stanwood, Washington

I grew up in urban south Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a tiny yellow house with a tiny backyard. Despite this unlikely setting, my mom grew quite an impressive garden. She grew everything from broccoli, tomatoes, beans, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, eggplant, cabbage, cucumbers, bell peppers and probably several other plants I am forgetting. Not only did she grow fruit and vegetables, she also grew beautiful flowers: peonies, lily of the valley, roses, geranium, tulips, iris, tiger lilies, hasta, and marigolds. Peonies and lily of the valley are among my favorites to this day. 

Organic Evergreen Long White Onions

As a kid, I saw my mom spend hours in her garden, knees in the dirt, weeding and caring for her plants. I remember we would get $1 per ice-cream bucket of weeds pulled – which now seems like a rip off, but in the 80’s, it wasn’t too bad. I remember my mom telling me that the garden was her special time to think and pray. She often heard God speak to her in moments of silence and steady work.

It wasn’t until I had my own two beautiful children, that I realized the joys of gardening. I have often used my time in the garden to burn off frustration or weariness from parenting two small children. In a bad mood? Try ripping out some stubborn weeds with the strength of your own two hands! Need some peace and quiet? Go and water your garden, breathe in the fresh air and soak up some vitamin D.

Organic Burpeeana Early Peas.

Organic Kale

Patriot Blueberries

Like my mom, gardening is a time for me to pray and hear from God. It’s amazing how gardening can teach life lessons like patience, perseverance, and hard work. Moreover, I am now teaching my children these life lessons too, plus a love for fresh garden vegetables! Nothing beats the taste of a homegrown strawberry or carrot and the satisfaction that comes with knowing YOU grew it!

I remember my mom telling me one day, as she was praying and gardening, she asked God why she didn’t get the 4 children she had hoped to have (there were 3 of us). She said that as she worked, God gently spoke to her and said, “I did. One of them is in heaven with Me.” (A child she miscarried). After this realization, she felt peace with the size of our family and was comforted knowing her last child was with God, even though it was painful to have lost it.

Peony (This plant is in memory of a baby I miscarried)

Gardening can offer so much more than good food and beautiful flowers. It gives us the space to be quiet and listen. To work and learn. To not only watch our food grow, but to grow ourselves.

Organic Carrots (short variety). Geranium (in honor of my mom and grandma, who both kept geraniums in pots on their front steps)

What about you? Have your roots been influential in your love for gardening?

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About Rachelle Schaar

Rachelle is a Pacific Northwest mama of two hilarious and energetic kids and is married to her college sweetheart. She loves yoga, good coffee, fair trade dark chocolate, running, hiking, and gardening. In her spare time, she makes handmade jewelry (sold at Three Sister’s Vintage on Camano Island) and works as an Advocate for International Child Care Ministries, an international child sponsorship organization. Visit her website here. Visit Rachelle's Facebook page here.

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4 thoughts on “The Story of Rachelle’s Garden and a Tour

  • Lena Voth

    My family is from Minnesota! I was born in Washington but my mom is from there and the rest of our family still lives there. Love the peonies! I have a garden going but I feel like I either water it too much or not enough… My carrots and greens start but then they just sort of stop growing. Any thoughts?

    • Rachelle

      Lena, there are so many variables to consider with gardening. Some plants like to stay moist consistently (peas, lettuce, kale, onions), while others like to dry out in between watering (strawberries, orchids, succulents). Some plants, like peonies, don’t mind their leaves getting wet, others, like roses, only wat the roots wet, as the leaves can get spotty. Your dirt may also need some extra nutrients. My veggies love a once per month dose of Happy Frog Organic Bone Marrow fertilizer. Finally, there are also pets to consider, especially in the PNW, like slugs and snails, as well as bunnies and birds nibbling on plants. I try to avoid any chemical pesticides that would compromise my veggies nutritional value as well as the ground water and soil. I stick to organic natural slug bates.