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Friday, March 27, 2015

Backyard Garden Plans

Baker Creek Rare Seeds
North Little Rock, AR.

My mom is an amazing woman.  She studies the Word of God like no one else I know.  She exhorts and encourages thousands of women through her say-it-like-it-is brand of writing.  She also homeschooled me throughout most of my growing up years and was into organic before it was cool.  If I can be half the mom she was to me growing up, I'll be doing good. 

I have the fondest memories of gardening with her when I was young.  We lived in New Jersey until I was 7, and we had two raised beds in our large, flat backyard.  We grew everything.  Beans, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, strawberries, squash, flowers--it was basically heaven for a little girl who was obsessed with The Secret Garden.  The smell of cold dirt still makes me feel more alive than almost anything.

I've been dreaming of having my own garden since I moved out on my own to Nashville years ago, and this is the year I'm going to start!  There is nothing like eating food that you grew, nurtured and harvested yourself.  I truly believe it's what we were created to do--to care for the earth and (quite literally) eat the fruit of our labor.  Now, I haven't gardened in decades, and I can't seem to keep my houseplants alive, but I'm hoping that it's due to the fact that I don't get around to watering them enough when I'm on tour.  At least with a veggie garden I don't have to be the one to make it rain! :)

Here is what I'll be planting:

- pickling cucumbers
- cherry tomatoes
- golden beets
- chioggia beets (pictured above...aren't they pretty?)
- purple carrots
- atomic red carrots (pictured below) 
- celery
- kale
- two types of lettuce
- red and yellow onions
- strawberries
- watermelon
- basil
- cilantro
- Italian parsley
- wild thyme
- catnip for our kitty with no name
- and lots and lots of flowers that attract bees and butterflies! 🌻🐝

Baker Creek Rare Seeds
We're even planting a bit of cotton, so I can show my little ones where their clothes come from.  I think it's important to instill in our children a good understanding and appreciation for where things come from.  The earlier we start this the better.  I know that using our hands and our sweat and our time to grow food that we could have just bought at the grocery store will give them valuable lessons that no book could ever teach.  I can't wait to get started.

Baker Creek Rare Seeds 


P.S. All of the seeds I'm buying are from Baker Creek Rare Seeds.  They aren't sponsoring this post, I just have heard great things, and I'm excited  to try them!  Their rare, heirloom seeds haven't been contaminated by Big Brother, and that is something I am happy happy happy to pay for.  Check them out here.

P.P.S. Aren't those Mother of Pearl Poppies above just gorgeous?  I can't wait to plant some!


  1. That is a wonderful idea! Have you developed a plan for weed control while you are gone? They can really sprout up in even 2 weeks.

    I am excited to plant more deliberately this year. Got some hot peppers and tomatoes started in the house. It is so awesome to watch things grow. I reckon we get that from our Father, He loves seeing us grow too.

  2. those beets look so cool! I have never seen them before!! :) I have loved working in the garden since I was small too!

    I don't know much about the rain in Nashville but up here in Southern Ontario we sometimes have quite a gap between rains and the garden needs a little watering to keep it growing. If you're going to be away a while you might want to have someone check in once and a while to make sure it's not too dry. Wouldn't want you to come back to a dry and wilted garden that hasn't grown much!

  3. If you could plant your #1flower what would it be?
    -Julia Knutson

  4. I'm a teenage girl that is very blessed by your music and heart for your family and the Lord. When I'm decorating cakes or baking in the kitchen your music is always playing. =) Your music really strengthened my faith when I was younger, and I'm sincerely thankful.

  5. Oh my gracious Francesca, this reminds me of my childhood out at my grandparents house. We had different gardens planting green beans, squash, cantaloupe, tomatoes, etc. It never failed to have an amazing day out there and yes I love the smell of the cold dirt too! I grew up with my grandma and grandpa but sadly my grandpa had a bad car crash in January and is now on his death bed! My heart is aching oh so much because he's such a big part of who I am, I lost my dad 4yrs ago and now I'm about to lose my (as I call him) pawpaw... He's saved and loves the Lord I know he's ready to go but I can't bear the pain. I remember the lyrics of a song from church that says "That heavenly home lies over death's sea, where loved ones I know are waiting for me", it's comforting to me! Can I ask you to please pray for me? I'm only a teenager and this is very hard for me.

    1. Girl, I will pray now! I imagine that is so hard, but God is close during our hardest times. He is your comforter! Xo

    2. Thank you it truly means a lot!! Xo

  6. You go girl! Plant them veggies! (Glad to hear no GMO)

  7. I so love the reward of growing and harvesting your own food - my hubby and I are on our 2nd year of having our own little vegetable garden, and we just bought some fruit trees and blackberry and blueberry bushes to plant as well. I look forward to seeing updates on your garden!

  8. Francesca, your song, Emily (It's Love), saved my life. Below is a link to my testimony. I pray that you will see it and know that your music touches, encourages, and saves lives. Thank you so very much!

  9. Oh, fun! My husband and I are newlyweds and this is one of our ambitions! We really feel called to eat clean and green but we really have no idea where to start as far as gardening goes. Keep posting! Can't wait to read more. :)

    1. I'd order a Baker Creek Catalog. They have lots of great information when you're just starting.

  10. Happy Easter
    The Lord has risen, hallelujah.
    Hope you and your family Francesca are having a wonderful Easter.
    - Julia Knutson

  11. When you and Bryan Duncan gonna do a duet? Impatiently waiting in Phoenix!

  12. If you haven't ordered yet, try the Cantare beans. We loved them last year and ditched all the rest to plant just them this year. Also, Pink Senorita Zinnias are gorgeous. Both Baker Creek things.

  13. We love to plant gardens! I started my daughter out when she was two. We are behind this year but are hoping to have one going here soon. It's one of God's gifts to us!

  14. I was thrilled to read this! I love gardening, the lessons available in it, and not spraying poison all over the place. And I despise what Monsanto does, so I was thankful for the link to Baker's Seeds! Blessings upon your project.

  15. How did the garden turn out this year?? Mine was terrible, but I apprenticed weekly with Dr. Calvin Bey of Harmony Gardens here in Fayetteville, AR and got some awesome organic growing experience and skills, and totally re-constructed my garden. Now it looks awesome! I'm so happy about it.