I love to see the Lord provide. It’s easy to praise Him for the big things, but what about the little ones? Recently, neighbors offered us strawberry plants which they needed to be taken away from their fruit trees. Fresh strawberries are amazing, and Anna especially loves them! I remember traveling through California and stopping at a roadside stand to buy strawberries–talk about an easy way to bring an extra sparkle to Anna’s eyes.

Last week, the girls built a raised bed with scrap lumber. Since our dirt isn’t very good, we also needed quality dirt. Our city gives away compost dirt, which one guy told Dad was the best ever on his garden. Dad and the girls loaded up dirt in trash cans (hey, we need a pickup!) and put it into the van and transported it back to the garden.

The end result? Lots of strawberries plants which will produce this year since they’re not new, and it didn’t cost us anything except some work!


The humble beginning!

Friends helping.

Digging up the plants.

A once-ugly-area is now a beautiful sight to look out to from our dining room window.

“He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed;
for he giveth of his bread to the poor.”
Proverbs 22:9

18 thoughts on “Strawberries!”

  1. Wow, thats amazing, we are all feeling very inspired!
    We ALL love strawberries too!!
    Have had some nice weather in the UK recently, have been planting our garden with beans, courgettes, onions, carrots, sweetcorn, tomatoes, blueberries and peppers.
    Praying for a good harvest!
    Sending our love to you all

  2. It looks nice. Do you live in the city and how much land do you have? Just curious. It looks like a big yard.

  3. Love this!! Good work, girls! My husband LOVES strawberry jam so I usually can a couple dozen jars. I’m partial to strawberry shortcake 🙂
    I also love the faint strawberry aroma that the plants give off in the summer. Enjoy!

  4. What a blessing to receive free strawberry plants! Sure appears as if you were loved by your neighbors!

    By the way, do you know what courgettes are as posted by the B. Family in the first comment above?

    1. Yes, we have great neighbors! 🙂 Ellie is quite a hit in the area, and we have lots of good talks! Courgettes is a summer squash or zucchini.

  5. I love fresh strawberries too. We found a bed of them in our new garden when we moved house. Such a blessing !! Enjoy.

  6. Looks like a great time! Our family also loves to garden and plant lots of yummy food. We also buy lots of produce from local orchards and farms. Here in Colorado (Western) we grow amazing peaches. Where do you ladies find such full skirts to wear outdoors? I thought for a moment they may be work pants made into a skirt, but I couldn’t tell. Please let us know!

  7. Looks wonderful! Congratulations on your new fruit and hard work! You may already have this in mind, but I would suggest heavily mulching your strawberries with a weed free material. (leaves, shredded paper, grass clippings without seed, etc.) We have strawberries with our farm (I pick 2 hours a day), and I have found that weeds and spreading grass love to take over a strawberry patch to the point of needing to dig up the plants and start over. Mulching has saved me much work! Great job, gals! Enjoy the fruits of your labor. 😉

  8. We planted new strawberries last year and this year have gotten a couple. I can’t wait till we have more! Fresh picked strawberries taste so much better than the store bought kind that often have been shipped from other countries.

    Why is the raised bed only three sides? I’ve never seen one like that.

      1. That makes sense! From the pictures I couldn’t see the slope. I make strawberry jam each year. I always did this with my mom and she did it with her mom and it is a fun tradition to pass on.

  9. Mmmmmm…. fresh strawberries!!! Anna and Mary are always doing such fun, productive things together.

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