It is growing! Lettuce is easy to spot, but now I can actually identify tomato plants, carrots, broccoli, and green beans. This may not seem like a huge feat, but as a new gardener, it’s a pretty big deal to me. I have so much to learn! I’m still trying to figure out the peas. The reason peas are a problem is because of the mountain. When my granddaughters, Senna and Adina, helped plant the garden, Adina decided to build a “pea mountain”. After placing the seeds carefully into the ground, she excitedly piled a large mound of dirt on top.
Since this is a learning season, I let the mountain be. After all, having fun is part of the purpose, and I’ll be thrilled to eat even one vegetable from our box garden. However, I’ve been surprised by all sorts of green things popping up from that mountain. I haven’t identified pea plants yet, so I’ve just been pulling out anything that I’m positive is a weed.
My intention is to learn in every circumstance. So, here are a few things I’ve learned from my garden:
~ Weeds are much easier to pull out when they are small.
~ An inviting environment brings worms, and worms help gardens by loosening the soil.
~ Water is needed. Often.
~ You can tell a weed from a vegetable by knowing what the vegetable looks like.
~ Lots of stuff I don’t understand is happening unseen, under the soil. Good, growing stuff.
~ Plants need space to stretch out. If they’re too crowded, they won’t grow properly.
I’m learning a lot of life lessons from this as well, as you can probably figure out.
~ Weeds in my life are more easily gotten rid of before they grow big.
~ Worms may not be cuddly, but they sure are useful. Are there any “worms” in your life?
~ Water is needed. Jesus is the living water.
~ Knowing truth helps us spot lies.
~ Even when I don’t understand, I can have faith and trust that God is working.
~ There is plenty of space for us all to grow.
I love sharing this gardening experience with my granddaughters. What have you been doing lately, and what are you learning from it?
“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5
Intend to learn in every circumstance.