Ruthie is off to a good start on her garden.

She recruited a helper and they've already planted their cold weather crops.

They have lettuce, turnips, radishes, asparagus, peas, potatoes, etc.

They'll soon have corn, squash and tomatoes.

You can see her directing the application of compost.

Ruthie loves working in the garden, but it's hard to get good help.

I'm hoping she loves to share.

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THE GARDEN SONG

Inch by inch, row by row,
I'm gonna make this garden grow,
All It takes is a rake and a hoe
and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row,
Someone bless these seeds I sow,
Someone warm them from below,
'til the rain come tumblin' down.

Pulling weeds and picking stones,
We are made of Dreams and Bones.
I feel the need to grow my own
'cause the time is close at hand.
Grain for grain, sun and rain,
I'll find my way in natures chain.
I'll tune my body and my brain
To the music of the land.

Inch by inch, row by row,
I'm gonna make this garden grow,
All It takes is a rake and a hoe
and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row,
Someone bless these seeds I sow,
Someone warm them from below,
'til the rain come tumblin' down.

Plant your rows
Straight and long...
Temper them with prayer and song.
Mother earth can keep you strong
if you give her love and care.
See that crow watchin hungrily
from his perch on yonder tree.
In my garden I'm as free
As that feathered thief up there.

Inch by inch, row by row,
I'm gonna make this garden grow,
All It takes is a rake and a hoe
and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row,
Someone bless these seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below,
'til the rain come tumblin' down.

Noel Paul Stookey