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Seed, Time and Harvest (Intro)


 

Seed, Time and Harvest (Intro)

Everything in life starts out as a seed and requires time before you can reap the harvest.

The type of harvest you receive depends on the seeds you planted, the conditions they were planted in, how you managed during the waiting period and how you handled and overcame adversaries.

In April I reminisced about my first attempt at gardening. My heart was longing for a new beginning, to put my hands to something and actually see my efforts flourish before my eyes.

If you have ever been in a season in life when you are reaping the harvest of bad choices, or were in a long process of trying to find out what the next step is, or what to do while you are waiting on God to direct your next step, you are in good company.

One of these seasons and many others I did not mention can be times of uncertainty, confusion and frustration. I believe however with a different perspective during these seasons, that times of joyful-expectation and hope can be found.

Maybe that is why I appreciate the art of gardening. It begins with seeds of expectation and hope of what can be.Image  However, the process can be very unpredictable as you can’t determine weather conditions, what seeds will develop, and what problems may attempt to destroy all of your efforts (pests, diseases, too little or too much rain, the absence of bees etc.).

These things we have no control over but I am learning that, such as life, that the only thing I can control is how I respond when things do not turn out as I planned, or during the time of waiting when there seems to be no signs of progress. Do I press on or do I quit and forego the fruit of my efforts?

Over the next few weeks I will post about my gardening efforts but also how the experience has helped me to look at life choices from a different perspective.

 

Seed, Time and Harvest


I have a desire to garden but I have been trying to deny the urge. I really enjoyed my square foot gardening a few years back, I called it “Garden Therapy”. It was a lot of work but I enjoyed the labor of getting on my knees, playing in the dirt, watering and even weeding. Every morning when the sun would rise I would jump out of bed (sometimes still in my pajamas) and look at what had grown. I was like a little kid checking on it every few hours. It helped me appreciate being outside no matter what the temperature or weather conditions were because I knew the sun, rain and even wind was purposeful.

Square Foot Gardening 2

Garden Therapy

 

I also had containers everywhere with  every herb I could find and every time we opened the patio door you would get hit with a mint or basil smell. Because we have a limited outside space right now I think I may focus on doing some container gardening mainly.

Herb and Flower Mix

Melon

Herb Mixture

 

Another bonus was that my children grew to love it. In the beginning (the hard work phase) they helped because I asked but didn’t know what to expect. By the end of the summer they were running into the house to tell me what had grown overnight, would take turns watering the plants, didn’t mind weeding and even oversaw newborn bunnies that were born in my oversized squash area.

Planting Seeds

"Larry" the cucumber

Poots watering

Another reason I enjoyed gardening is because it correlates with life. Everything in life starts out as a seed and requires time before you can reap the harvest. This is true whether you are expecting a good or bad harvest. Every seed has the potential to grow. Over the spring and summer months I will post about our gardening efforts but also how the experience has helped me to look at life choices from a different perspective.

Harvest Time

 

I hope you’ll join me and if you have any good tips please post them below, I’m still a bit of a rookie ; )  

Second garden

 

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