Growing Anticipation

For a month with only 28 days, February sure seems to be the longest month of the year. We’re all hunkered down, hibernating until warmer weather arrives.

Growing Pains

This is a month of anticipation for gardeners. In our house that means starting seeds!  Discussions have begun about what to plant and where to plant it. Much like life itself, that entails addressing successes and failures from the past.

I am not the gardener, so I can only brag about my husband, Neil’s successes. They included his delicious crops of lettuce, cucumbers and Delicata squash. The biggest failure, however, almost proved catastrophic. Because we had such a wet summer, the rain saturated the ground, then splashed pathogens up onto the leaves above. This caused a lot of disease and premature rot, particularly on the tomato plants.

Planting Plans
Max loves his oat grass!

Undeterred, Neil has spent months planning this year’s garden and has a plan in place to avoid similar issues. He is also taking full advantage of our “grand-bunnies”, Max and Charlie.  Throughout the winter he has been collecting their bunny beans. There is also a worm farm in our basement. Bet you didn’t know that worm castings are amazing fertilizer. From the outside, our home looks as normal as the others in the neighorhood, but there is a lot growing on inside!

While winter has kept my hubby from his vegetable garden, it hasn’t prevented him from trying out some indoor growing. We have enjoyed a variety of sprouts in our salads — radish, mustard, alfalfa, cress and mung bean. All were delicious. And now, he is harvesting . . . (wait for it) . . . mushrooms! Neil did a lot of research and has tried out two varieties: Shitake and Grey Dove Oyster. He is like a mad scientist with his “fruiting chamber.” But that is a post for another time.

Sowing Seeds of Love

Today as I was thinking about spring and the upcoming growing season, I marveled at the amazing abundance that comes from one tiny seed. What an awesome creation that sustains both man and beast!

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:11)

God was and is the greatest gardener of all time.

Have patience. The warmer weather will come, and with it the beautiful flowering buds and songbirds returning to nest. What a glorious gift that we can anticipate during the rest of the wintry days!

Steadfast

I am writing outside today. What a joy it is, soaking up the early autumn sunshine after being cooped up inside for several rainy weekends in a row!

Our garden is quickly fading. In fact the only thing still thriving seems to be our Mexican Sunflowers. The hummingbirds and butterflies love them!

Both birds and butterflies have been busy this week, getting their fill of the sweet nectar as they prepare for their long migration flights to warmer climates in Mexico. I haven’t seen any “hummers” today, so it’s possible they have already departed. I often wonder, with the sheer number of migrating butterflies and birds, do they ever cross paths along the way? I guess we will never know.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:8‬

Scientists have more questions than answers as to what prompts these tiny creatures to migrate twice each year. For both the Monarch butterflies and the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, their species’ survival depends on this perilous 2,500-mile journey! Somehow they seem to know just the right moment to depart, and they also know exactly where they are going (even without a GPS 😉). Isn’t that marvelous?

We serve an amazing God, who — despite all the other uncertainties of this world — remains steadfast, and always provides for even his tiniest creations.