Saturday, May 12, 2007

Preparing for rain

Garden time is a little later this year than it has been in the past. After tilling and preparing the soil over the past few weeks, finally this week the planting has begun!
Seeds, seedlings, and nursery-prepared start ups have been assigned to their appropriate places in their assigned rows. In the next several days the rest of the seeds will germinate and new greens will pop through the soil.
Several weeks from now, growth will be well underway, along with a plethora of weeds.

Weeding is universally acknowledged as one of least desirable of all gardening activities. Oddly enough, harvesting too is an often neglected activity. Many gardeners find great enjoyment in preparation, planting, and watching God make the new plants grow up. And it would seem that picking that fresh, ripe fruit or veggie right off the vine would be hands down the most satisfying thing. Yet, how many tomatoes, peppers, or squash have rotted on the vine?

In a future time to come, we will say the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. But where, oh where, would any of us be without the tillers and planters? 80% chance of rain later. God bless the hard, dirty, and inglorious labor of our beautiful tillers and planters.
Time to scrub my hands and knees and go prepare for celebration of the Sabbath.


Alyssa Faith said...

Is that your garden? In any case it's lovely - as lovely as flat dirt can be :o) I've prayed for my seeds to grow as I've planted this spring. May God bless yours! "It is God who makes things grow"

Deb said...

Thanks, Alyssa! I've been out of the loop lately - busy with some projects. Sorry it took so long to respond. Will visit your blog later.