Sunday, April 4, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ahh, the sounds and smells of Spring!  This weekend, Kim and I put our garden in.  Planted lots of good things.  We work 2 different garden plots with her dad, Carl.  The top level garden we do vegetables, and the lower level is mostly corn, sometimes with a few squash plants.

We keep things simple on our side of the garden,  2 large tomato plants, 1 Roma, and 1 Cherry.  2 Straight-necked Yellow Squash plants, 2 Zucchini, and 2 pickling cucumber plants.  1 row of peas, and 1 row consisting of Beets and Radishes.

On the lower plot, Carl has planted 4 rows of corn already, and we'll plant some more in another week, trying to keep a steady supply of corn throughout the summer!

After planting and seeding, Gardening is a lot of watering, weeding, thinning, and more watering and weeding!  However, there is something strangely soothing about being out there in the soil keeping things clean and conducive to growing.  Maybe it's our connection with the soil from creation when God formed us from the dust of the ground.  The dirt runs through our fingers as we pluck weeds, smoothing around the plants and rows, gets under our fingernails, and invariably into our socks and shoes!  Still, there is no better therapy after a busy day and such a great environment for light and deep conversations between Kim and I.

We plant, water, and weed in faith that we will be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor in a few weeks!

Gardening has so many crossovers to life if we'll take time to consider.  So many of the above mentioned principles apply.  Relationships take nurturing.  I think this is why Jesus spoke using so many references to agriculture.  Care in our relationships with our spouses and children will yield a bountiful increase in our lives for many, many years.

So... how's your garden?

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