The Garden That Love Planted

by Tammy Taylor

Those who know me say that having a vegetable garden is just in my blood and I’m likely to agree with them.  I guess it’s just something deep inside me that feels the strong drive to nurture the earth and through grit and gentle determination coax from it nourishment for both my body and my soul.  But things came up this year and with a sigh I conceded that a vegetable garden was just not meant to be for the first time in…  well maybe EVER.  Although I had begun garden preparations months ago, “Life” stepped in and there was simply no way I could tackle the now-overgrown beds and plant.  I had to face my limitations this year – it was just too much.  Maybe next year…

Then Love happened.  A group of truly selfless people surprised me early Saturday morning by gathering together and showing up at my house, work gloves and garden tools in hand.   Yep, I cried.

The Garden That LOVE Planted - I couldn't plant a veggie garden because of health. Then several people showed their love by showing up to help. #TaylorMadeRanch

Although I was helpless to be of any assistance I was given a chair to sit in the garden as these wonderful friends donned gloves and hand tools, garden hats and seedlings.  They fought the ever-present fire ants, yanked and dug out massive amounts of spring weeds, raked mulch and dirt and at last set the tender seedlings into the beautifully aromatic soil now ready to receive them.

The Garden That LOVE Planted - I couldn't plant a veggie garden because of health. Then several people showed their love by showing up to help. #TaylorMadeRanch

Now let me tell you that’s a bunch of love to give up a precious Saturday morning – one of the few days away from their daily grind, to come dig WEEDS out of an overgrown veggie bed for a garden that’s not even theirs! I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for my Garden Angels!

The Garden That LOVE Planted - I couldn't plant a veggie garden because of health. Then several people showed their love by showing up to help. #TaylorMadeRanch

Looks like I will indeed have a veggie garden this year.  And this will be the most special garden I’ve ever tended in my entire life, because it’s the garden that love planted. Happy gardening!

~TMR~

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28 thoughts on “The Garden That Love Planted

  1. sue@thet2women

    How very sweet! What a blessing for all! I’m so glad we found your blog!! Thanks for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend! Sue @thet2women.com

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree Hannah, words cannot describe. But it does illustrate what kind of impact you can make in the lives of others if you’re willing to make that step… ~TMR~

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  3. Amanda @Natural Living Mamma

    What a wonderful gift! It is so wonderful that you have such great supportive people in your life! Thanks so much for sharing on Natural Living Monday.

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  6. Jenny

    Aww. How sweet! I’m so happy for you that you will have your garden this year after all. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Jenny. I’ve been doing well and every day is a little bit better than the day before. ~TMR~

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  7. michelle

    What wonderful friends. It makes the heart feel good to know there are still people like that out there. Enjoy your garden.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree Nancy. A gift that touches the heart like this really can’t be matched. ~TMR~

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  8. Lisa Lynn

    What an awesome bunch of friends you have! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today. 🙂 theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/the-creative-homeacre13.html

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Vickie – Seeing stories like this always makes me want to do some sort of random act of kindness for someone else so hopefully there’s a ripple effect going on here. ~TMR~

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  9. Jerrica

    This story brought tears to MY eyes! What a great example of God’s love at work. Thanks for sharing. I will be looking for ways to bless those in my community.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Jerrica, it still brings tears to my eyes as well. The ripple effect, it can be a powerful thing. Something one person does touches not only the next person, but oftentimes many subsequent lives that they’re never even aware of. Love it! ~TMR~

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  10. Linda @ Linda's Lunacy

    How blessed you are to have such great friends and neighbors. I LOVE that the ones pictured are all different ages. Thanks for linking your beautiful story at the Making a Home Homemaking linky. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story. 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Linda – there were certainly all ages represented there that day. Some close friends, some distant friends, some family, some neighbors. The children really rolled up their sleeves & worked hard the entire time the garden work was going on. Oh how it warms my heart… ~TMR~

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  11. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    Fantastic!!! This is a wonderful post about selflessness and community. It’s SO important to focus on the good. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree Mary. We’ve heard so much bad news lately, it’s important to remember that although the media gives the spotlight primarily to the bad guys, there’s lots of good folks and lots of love out there! ~TMR~

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  12. rhonda jean

    Although this post tell a lovely story about your community, it tells me about the person you are too. A group of people doesn’t turn up to do this kind of thing without a good reason or to repay something. I reckon you’re a valued worker in your community and these people have acknowledged that by the working beee in your garden. How fabulous! Happy gardening.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree, I’m still overwhelmed at their selflessness. I mentioned in a TMR FB post that I have a family member who teaches youth classes at a local church. She used this story to teach the children real life examples of how you can Love Your Neighbor As You Love Yourself. It’s proof of what I call the ripple effect – you never know how your actions affect not only the people you’ve touched directly, but yet others you don’t even know about! ~TMR~

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