207 🌱 plants planted, 40+ to go & 2 trees. || Yesterday, after church, we made a quick pit stop at Costco (🤔 is that possible on Sundays?) then had lunch, and quickly dashed to the garden. By this time it was 3 pm and we knew we had hours of work to get done. Racing against the setting sun is never a sure bet, as we quickly found she's ever more focused and faster than the two of us. By sunset Ee dug the industrial light out of the garage, brought me a sweater and more water, and we continued on, in the dark, with ATCQ on repeat, planting beds. So many plants went in during the dark I couldn't be sure of my spacing, or any of my handiwork. This morning I see all is well. There was kale, mint, and cilantro to harvest, and still a good flat+ of melons, cucumbers, and herbs to plant. I've run out of room, and haven't the slightest where the cucks and melons will go, but the herbs have homes, thankfully. Our garden is surely tomato, pepper, and squash heavy. I've easily got roughly 100 tomato plants of every variety you can think, and about 50 squash plants. But, we also managed to get quite a lot of eggplant, peppers, and corn tucked into the main beds. We have herbs galore in the ground, and are slowly, steadily increasing our biodiversity with fruit trees (dragon fruit, grapes, peach-3 varieties, apricot 2 varieties, meyer lemons, limes -kaffir and Mexican, figs-Black Mission & Kadota, Elderberry- 3 varieties, and Avocado- Reed & Fuerte), purposeful flowers (goldenrod, sunflowers, calendula, geranium, nasturtium, curry, lavender, yarrow), and even a green tea plant. I say all that to say, the greatest riches in the garden is patience, hard work, and biodiversity. Grow it all, work harder than you think you can, and be patient. You'll have great and rough years, but with persistence it'll all come together. The past few years have been rough with the historic drought, but this year it feels my garden has leapfrogged forward and is teaming with life. That tells me even in the rough years, I was progressing forward. So it is, also with life. We can't always see the growth we're in the midst of, but surely, surely, God has a plan. Just follow.