June 18, 2010

A lesson in perseverance

The past eighteen months has been full of firsts for our family. Some good, some not so good. But one recent first that is good has been the planting of a family garden. Jeff had helped his grandparents with large garden plots in his younger days, but those gardens were so big they were planted with a tractor! I've helped him with our flower beds and had dabbled with some herbs in pots, but this was a much bigger endeavor.

We planted some things from seed (which I jump-started by soaking in some damp paper towels overnight) -- three varieties of peas, some green beans, summer squash, zucchini, and corn. We also purchased some plants for our garden -- three varieties of tomatoes, some pepper plants, and our favorite herbs. Once everything was in the ground, we impatiently waited to see some green pop through the soil. It only took a few days for our seeds to sprout. Of course, this just made us want the harvest that much more! I commented that vegetable gardening was the antidote to instant gratification. With that said, it's only been a few weeks but we have already enjoyed three cherry tomatoes (those pictured were delicious when ripe!), basil, parsley, oregano, mint, and cilantro.

The Lord has blessed us with rain so that we've not had to do much watering. Did you know that corn lays down in heavy rain, wind, and hail, but that it does stand up again? I didn't! With the rain came weeds, but Jeff was good to take care of those. Our dog, Bella, has been faithful to keep the critters out. If we can just keep the squash and zucchini from taking over the world, we'll be okay!

A garden provides a good picture of perseverance -- both in the plants and in the gardeners!

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