Friday, June 1, 2012

Watching God Grow

My mom encouraged me to watch this video about gardening and I have to pass it along! (Click the link below the photo to go to the website).


The video is like an hour and a half or so but worth the watch! It's just amazing how this man, Paul, has such an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe because of his garden. I love all the Scripture he whips out. And then, of course, I'm so pumped about implementing all the things I've learned!

I've officially started my second garden ever, by the way. And I love it just as much... oh probably more than I did last year!

Here's a glimpse:

I'm growing peas for the first time...

Last year I had no trouble with getting an abundance of spinach but this year, spinach just hasn't been in the mood! But I have gotten some...

My mom grew some pepper plants from seeds but they are still just little guys. While I have a couple of those planted, we did break down and buy some pepper plants from a local garden place. We've got colored sweet peppers and red hot peppers for the hubs, of course...

I gotta say, if you're wanting to plant something that is insanely easy and almost guaranteed to grow with basically no work, go yellow/red onion!

Potatoes take a little bit more maintenance but seriously, add them to the must-have list. These things are determined little boogers. You see the super tall one by the onions... that potato seed somehow survived the winter and grew all on its own! I have at least two more plants left over from last year, and they happened to be in the perfect places! I even have potatoes growing in my weed pile.

We've learned the hard way... don't toss old pumpkins in your garden over the winter unless you want a garden full of pumpkin vines come warm weather! We've been pulling them and pulling them. But I decided to leave a couple that grew in the trench around our garden that aren't too much in the way.

Hopefully they stay out of the way! It would be awesome to have pumpkins from our own garden, but I hadn't planned on them so there just isn't much room!

We actually expanded our garden by about a 3rd from last year and we're still barely fitting everything. In fact, the pepper plants are planted in the trenches around the garden. I'm hoping we can double the garden by next year!

This is a shot of the garden prep...


We were adding duck/horse manure. The dark part that has the manure already was the size of our garden last year. That last bit that hadn't been covered yet was the new part my rough-tough-buff-and-stuff ruggedly handsome husband dug up this year.

Then that same amazing man tilled until we had the most beautiful soil...

Don't worry, next year we will be using sticks and string to get this baby straight.

I'm so so grateful that Derek loves this gardening thing, too. He will go pull weeds and just admire it. And he's totally cool with the fact that he's probably gonna have to do most of the harvesting since I'll be HUGE or caring for a newborn post-major-surgery.

I really love gardening. It's so much like running in that I can't understand why everyone doesn't do it! Very rewarding, very worth every bit of hard work.

I was learning about the Feast of Unleavened Bread in my Bible study. In Deuteronomy 16:15 God is telling the Israelites to celebrate because "the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you shall be altogether joyful." I wrote next to that verse in my Bible - "Pray over our garden!"  Why on earth wouldn't I? It is the Lord who grows it and blesses us with the produce.

Unless the Lord is in it, it is all vain! (Psalm 127:1-2)

I would love love love to see how other gardens are growing this year! Comment with a link!

Also, check out the "Garden Journal" tab up top for all the veggies I've planted and for updates.

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