This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Garden 2008 II

The Lord has graciously afforded opportunity for a Fall garden this year with the extra rain and catch-water systems He granted. And so, we planted about 10 or more days ago, and here is where things are now. Any of the plants that are sort of well-grown looking are Spring plantings that made it through the drought:

The lettuce on the left actually has re-sprouted from the Spring planting. Hopefully it and the other lettuce I planted will beat first freeze:

We are hopeful as we should have the water resources for it now. And so we pray the Lord grant provisions from this round of planting, according to His will.

— David


  1. Bill Peck

    Great to see, David! Will be praying your garden will be very productive. Praise God that He has abundantly blessed you with the needed water!


  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks much; and yes, the Lord is most gracious and merciful.

    — David

  3. Anonymous

    David you said you have a spring garden and a fall garden. How long does the season last for the fall garden? What is the difference in veggies that you would grow in the spring versus the fall season? We only have one season here.

  4. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Debylin,

    Well, most of our Spring garden has been replaced by the Fall garden. 🙂

    I believe our first freeze is potentially mid November, and so I tried to get the seeds into the ground soon enough based on the noted harvesting times for the vegetables.

    From what I gathered from our local newspaper publication, quite a bit of what was suggested for Fall seemed to be the same as Spring (like beans, squash, and lettuce, I believe).


    — David

  5. Unknown

    Hi David and Susan!

    A fall garden – sounds neat! I wonder if I have time to get one in here in WV? Might be worth a try!

    Susan, I’ve been wanting to stop by and thank you for your encouraging words a few weeks ago. Things have gotten even more hectic since then! But, I’m handling them better, too! I will be checking out the reading you suggested…just as soon as I get a free 10 minutes in my day! Thank you, it looks like there will definitely be some worthy insights there! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave such a nice note!

    As always, enjoying your blog very much!


  6. Joanne

    Hello – I found your blog somehow?? I have enjoyed all the posts and have learned a lot (really like your chicken coop – how is that working out? learned a lot from your rain water catching systems too – looks great.) We live in the city, but do what we can right now to prepare for country life in the [near?] future.

    We started a fall garden for the first time this year and are excited to see sprouts 🙂 We live in Omaha, NE … not much time left, but time enough for something. I am thinking about making some cold-frames to extend the growing season; have you all used these before?

    Have a wonderful night!

    In Christ,

  7. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Joanne,

    The chicken tractor has worked out very well, and it is very nice to be able to move it when needed, although I have to put air in the tires each time (sadly, an industrial-dependent design 🙂 ).

    We have not done any cold frames, green houses, or winter growing at all yet. Lord willing, we would like to eventually implement at least some of these things.


    — David

  8. Anonymous

    You’ve probably thought of this, but a couple of old metal wheelbarrow wheels could go on the chicken tractor and get you off grid with it! Would have to shop around at auctions or antique stores for those I suppose. I have an old wheelbarrow of my dad’s with one on it~wheelbarrow needs handles to function and some new bolts. Hope to use it as a rusty planter box for flowers if nothing else. The “barrow” itself has a big shovel shape hole in the center. Good for drainage though! One of those someday….projects!

    Pray your gardens are still producing well and that you get the rain you need again this week. See you soon!


  9. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Beth,

    I guess by wheel barrow wheels you mean ones that don’t take air (because we have wheel barrow wheels on the main chicken tractor; they’re just the type that need air)? If so, no I hadn’t thought of that…very interesting idea though, and thank you for it.

    Thank you for the prayers, and have a safe trip!

    — David

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