Judy called yesterday, announcing that she really needed to harvest the lettuce from her garden to take over to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit nearby that has been making hundreds and thousands of meals for flooded-out folks and the people helping them.
Judy’s garden looks like one of those fake gardens you see in Martha Stewart Living. She claims that she has had little time for her garden this spring. I can’t really imagine what her garden would look like with a lot of effort. The beds are edged in wine bottles, bottom up, all the way around. (See the photo below.) You want to sit down and examine the broccoli. It’s dense with things to eat.
Here are Judy and Lou Ann at work in the all-spin zone. The amazing Corabel was quality control manager. I was apprentice stem-snapper and bagger.
The harvest was about 20 gallons of lettuces, chard, and beet tops all tidied up and ready to go.
We didn’t even get to the spinach. I felt so lucky to get to spend time in this gorgeous place with these funny women.
The scene over at Mobile Loaves and Fishes really is amazing. The program director, Tallu Schuyler, took us out behind the house to show us a garden they’ve just set out. This summer, groups of at-risk kids will be coming to tend the vegetables, learn to cook, and eat what they’ve harvested and made together. A very cool idea, don’t you think?
The need for lunch-making food and supplies will continue indefinitely. Volunteers are welcome, too, in this cheerful place. So if you’re in Nashville, email Tallu to see what their latest needs are. Today: sturdy fruit. Grapes, it seems, are tricky.
PS Thanks, Gale, for your Hipstamatic iPhone app idea. It makes my iPhone pix so dreamy!
PSS Edited to add: Judy sent along a photo of her wine bottle border. She would want you to know that many friends contributed bottles to her border. That she didn’t drink all this wine herself. Or anything.