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A-Z Archive Challenge: “T”

Suncreek Garden 2011 Tomato Crop…This weeks entry into the A-Z Archive Photo Challenge: “T” hosted by Frizztext!

 

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Conflict

Conflict is described as a disagreement through which the parties involved perceive a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. Within this simple definition there are several important understandings that emerge:
 
Conflict is often best understood by examining the consequences of various behaviors at moments in time. These behaviors are usefully categorized according to conflict styles. Each style is a way to meet one’s needs in a dispute but may impact other people in different ways.
  • Competing
  • Accommodating
  • Avoiding
  • Compromising
  • Collaborating
 
 
 
There is a bit of a conflict going on here at Suncreek Garden. We have a patty pan squash that has decided it would rather grow among the tomatoes.  At first glance there seems to be a confilict…but what kind of conflict do we have on our hands? 
 
At first glance we have a conflict based on competition…the plants are competing for the same space, the same water, the same sunshine. 
 
Competing is a style in which one’s own needs are advocated over the needs of others. It relies on an aggressive style of communication, low regard for future relationships, and the exercise of coercive power. Those using a competitive style tend to seek control over a discussion, in both substance and ground rules. They fear that loss of such control will result in solutions that fail to meet their needs. Competing tends to result in responses that increase the level of threat.
 
 On second glance we have a conflict of collaboration.  The squash and the tomato have the same needs…
 
Collaborating is the pooling of individual needs and goals toward a common goal. Often called “win-win problem-solving”.  This collaboration requires assertive communication and cooperation in order to achieve a better solution than either individual could have achieved alone. It offers the chance for consensus, the integration of needs, and the potential to exceed the “budget of possibilities” that previously limited our views of the conflict. It brings new time, energy, and ideas to resolve the dispute meaningfully.
 
 
 
 
Sometimes conflicts create an opportunity for the parties involved to rise above the opposition and reach new heights and learn to appreciate one another and offer support.
 
Which is exactly what is happening in our garden.  The squash plant has decided that it would prefer to grow above the tomato plants.  The tomato plants are offering support for the squash’s new path.  We are unsure of the outcome of this conflict between the two plants, but we are keeping a watchful eye on the situation.
 
 
 
 
Sometimes gardening imitates life…and this past week I have had my share of conflict.  I have pondered my contribution to the conflict and I have decided I would rather be the supportive tomato instead of the aggressive squash. 
 
 Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
 

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Garden Quotes

Suncreek Garden is a 30 X 40, 6 row garden.  Gardening is cheaper than therapy…it’s good for the soul…it’s good exercise…it’s good for your health and it’s a practice in patience. 

This first row from left to right…Yellow Squash, Tomatillo, English Cucumber and Regular Cucumber. The second row is two varieties of heirloom tomato.Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Dale

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~Marcelene Cox

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Little by Little

Little by little the Suncreek Garden is coming alive…

Little by Little...

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
May Sarton

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This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “L”.

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Excellent!!!

We are off to an excellent start here at the Suncreek Garden…

Our garden is A-OK, A1 and even a bit awesome

The plants are bang-up, banner, beautiful, and blue-chip quality.

They are quite possibly worthy of a blue-ribbon which would give us bragging rights.

A bumper crop would give us choice, classic, cool , cracker jack veggies. 

 The younger generation might even say our Garden is dope, down, or even phat or fab

On the other hand my generation would more than likely think things are fabulous, fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, and even five-star

The veggies are growing like gangbusters

It is almost heavenly to have such hot, hype and immense growth so early in the game.

We are  keen to the  lovely and marvelous tomatoes that are already weighing down the branches.  

Farmer Hubs is our numero uno man in charge.  His planning and dedication is out-of-sight and par excellence when it comes to working the garden.  After years of trial and error and adjustments we are heading for a sensationally splendid stellar top-of-the-line garden this year. 

The Suncreek Garden is…wonderful…out of this world…Excellent!!!

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Tomato Happiness

It’s happy times at Suncreek Garden.  Next to actually havesting and eating our tomato crop this is the most exciting time of the season …The seeds went into the starter pots in early January…the plants have been in the ground for 3 weeks…and we have flowers!  Tomato Flowers!!!

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.  Gertrude Stein

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles… Under Renovation

Garden Under Renovation…

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Garden Renovation

 Our fall garden was an overall success.  Our lettuce and sugar snap pea crop was prolific.  Our limited success with the broccoli and cauliflower can be attributed to our warm winter weather.  We are slowly but surely harvesting and enjoying the carrots. However, the brussels sprouts and red cabbage have kept us waiting…and waiting…and waiting. 

Now it’s time to turn the garden over to the spring and summer crops. The seeds were started in early January and are now about 50 days along and are well on their way…The lettuce is ready for the dinner table and we are looking forward to enjoying an early spring crop of sugar snap peas.

We should see cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers and jalapeno by the end of April.  I am especially excited about the tomatoes.  We have 5 heirloom varieties; Purple Prudence, Black Krim, Abe Lincoln, Mortgage Lifter and Box Car Willie. Some of the seed varieties have been around since the 1920′s.   Their flavor profiles run from sweet to acidic. These varieties range in color from red to deep purple and some of them can weigh up to 1 pound.  Now that’s going to be an awesome tomato!

We are considering planting a few grape vines along the north fence and a row of sunflowers along the West fence.  All in all…Suncreek Garden is under renovation!

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