Monday, July 5, 2010

15 Lessons From My Garden

 First harvest

1. Weeds multiply. Fast.

2. A pruned plant is a healthy plant.

3. Overgrowth hides new fruit and drags it down.

4. It's hard to support an overgrown plant without breaking it.

5. Mosquitoes thrive in overgrowth.

6. There's a snake in my garden.

7. Don't plant seeds called "flower mix."

8. Only a handful of seeds may sprout from a bazillion sowed.

9.  I'm not a very good seed person.

10. I do better with established plants.

11. It's easier to pull a few weeds (even relaxing) than to wield a hoe.

12. You may need to uproot something good to make room for something better.

13. One needs to periodically step back and survey the whole scene.

14. Hard work yields great satisfaction.

15. Your weeding may disturb and confuse others.


Copyright © 2010 by Sandra Heska King

15 comments:

Linda Yezak said...

Good post! I especially like #13!

Sandra Heska King said...

I especially like #13 because . . . :D

katdish said...

Ah, the wisdom that can come from working in the garden. Those are some serious ants! Be gratful they're not fire ants!

This was great, Sandy. May need to print this one off and put it on my bulletin board.

caryjo said...

Very good! When I first read the title I thought... 15 LESSONS re: gardening? SO LONG. Could be boring. And then, "Oh, but not her... never boring." I loved it. And, again, we see things a lot alike. However, one reason I don't take good enough care of my gardens some of the time in your number 6. Freaks me out big time...

Laura said...

I love this, Sandra. My garden continues to teach me. Over and over and over again. It requires a diligence, this keeping, doesn't it? Ah, you have that listed, don't you? Keep pruning...

Sandra Heska King said...

@katdish: So grateful we don't have fireants!

@caryjo: LOL! Maybe I need a new title. ;) Thanks.

n. davis rosback said...

i like your list.

Sandra Heska King said...

@Laura: Daily.

@Nancy: :)

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Gardens are a lot like life, aren't they? They take a lot of work, but we reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal. 6:9)

Janet Lyn said...

Great post, Sandy!
I can relate to all of these so much because I finally put in a garden again this summer after several years of no garden.
And the available patch of ground was one where only grass and weeds had been, so it required an enormous amount of hard, hard work to get it ready before planting anything. Hours and days of pulling up tangled roots to prepare the soil.
So, lots of hours and days to think about all God is teaching me as I garden again.
Ah, but so worth it to see everything now sprouting to life out in my new, beautiful, peaceful garden.
Best Wishes with yours!!

Sandra Heska King said...

@Jennifer: So true! Great scripture. I like the concept of fruit, more fruit, and much fruit in John 15, too.

Ann Kroeker said...

"Weeds multiply. Fast."

Dealing with that here, too.

No snakes, however. I wonder if my gigantic dog discourages snakes and other varmints?

HisFireFly said...

"12. You may need to uproot something good to make room for something better."

I think we almost always have to give up something we have to receive something He wants to give us.. even previous gifts from His hand. He desires to move us from glory to glory, and I pray we continue to learn to let go and allow Him to have His way.

Great post.. a fellow mosquito dodger..

Sandra Heska King said...

@Janet: I don't have the patience to properly prepare anything. My neighbor came in with his tractor and plowed my little plot for $20. He went over it several times, and it smelled so good and felt so soft. I'm going to be embarrassed when he comes back in October to till it under.

@Ann: Is your dog's name Angel? For some reason that just made me think of the invisible battles going on around us.

@Karin: I keep looking at my harp and wondering if it's already time to move it out, sell it, for writing conference money . . .

And I am full of mosquito welts. Hand sanitizer works great!

S. Etole said...

Lots to be learned on our knees, digging into "dirt" and uprooting weeds ...

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