Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan Claire. This is day one hundred and eighty-five of that project.

This block shows a brown garden fork sticking in the ground. It's like a pitch fork but it's completely brown and made of wood. It's fairly large. On top of the fork is a yellow singing bird. Next to the fork are two beautiful plans, drawn by green pen and stitching. Each flower has bulbs on the ends, one in a drooping fashion that are red, and the other along the stalk going up that are pink. This is all against a blue background.

This cute little block reminds me of my friend Clare.

Clare loves to garden.

An amazing quilter, she once told me if she had to choose between quilting and gardening she would choose gardening. One of her best ongoing projects is her compost pile. She loves her compost pile.

Which brings me to why this particular block reminded me of her. This garden fork is the perfect tool for turning compost and for working it into a garden bed.

Compost needs turned every so often and a fork works better than a shovel. It helps keep the compost loose and aerated.

A shovel can cause some compaction if you are not careful or if it’s a little too wet.

This is a hard year for her to garden because we are having a drought. Her garden is doing ok though because of the other practice she does.

She mulches.

Happy gardening.