Have some fun

Have some fun

Spring and summer gardens are in our minds as we buy our seeds and plan for our warm days just ahead. How do you like this recipe? Tell us about your garden plans? Or, maybe your like me, what I plan to eat from my friend’s gardens. Love this season and forward looking….

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20 thoughts on “Have some fun

  1. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11 NIV

    vs. 10, tells us how; “And if you give yourself to the hungry. And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday.

    1. Tammy, don’t forget your husband through you has been very generous with me from his prolific garden. He’s got the thumb, patience and the love to grow some of the very best vegetables. Don’t forget one of my favors, turnips!

      1. A friend told me she was going to grow her cucumbers on a trellis this year. I imagine that to be pretty as well as effective. Sounds like a great idea. Has anyone tried this?

  2. I haven’t tried growing cucumbers on a trellis but have heard of it doing well. Someone recently shared photos of cucumbers growing in a greenhouse in pots and they were growing up strings and looked like getting lots of them. MG gave me some potatoes today and I am going to plant them in big plastic nursery tree pots with my agricultural students. Also, I ordered some leek seeds today to try to grow as Sara mentioned it to me and said she liked. I have never grown them but we will see!
    The veggie person above is really cute. I am looking to see what parts of his body I am going to try to grow this year.

  3. The Bible is a filled with gardening metaphors. Jesus in teaching His parables used lilies, trees, crops, seeds, soil among others to teach us about ourselves and how to live. He showed us in ways we could understand the characteristics of the Kingdom of God. When we are in touch with the earth and it’s fruit we have opportunity to understand ourselves as well as others. For starters when we plant a seed we expect growth and a certain type of result or fruit. When the seed of the word of God is planted in our heart’s soil we expect likewise….wonder what comes to mind when we lift the soil from the earth and feel its touch before placing it back over our seeds. Are we mindful of why God speaks to us through soil, seeds, trees and crops.

    I hope we will enjoy the beauty of our gardens from soil to table in a new way in 2014. I want to!

    1. “wonder what comes to mind when we lift the soil from the earth and feel its touch before placing it back over our seeds.”
      I think of the soil as a nurturer…it imparts water, nutrients, darkness, air, stability, etc to the plant so it can grow. Dead plants and animals make up good soil as well as other things. God formed the first man from soil (dust) and eventually we return as soil, as do the plants and animals.

      1. Interesting that in my reading from “Life on the Highest Plane” by Ruth Paxson that she said this in her section entitled ‘The new Sphere – The Believer in Christ’: “In God’s reckoning the believer has no life apart from His Son. Christ is the ground in which he is rooted and planted. Through the new birth the believer became a new creation with a new nature which demanded a new environment, a new atmosphere, as it were, where the new life could mature into an ever deepening conformity to the image of Jesus Christ. This new environment is “in Christ”.

  4. When you plant a new pack of seeds and they sprout are they recycled sprouts or new creations? Just thinking about the new seeds I hold in my hand and wondering what story they have to show and tell.

    1. “… are they recycled sprouts or new creations?” Sara, I had not thought about your term ‘recycled sprouts’ but it sure makes sense and the more I thought on it, God is the originator and the greatest recycler ever and doesn’t waste a thing.
      The parent plant(s) completes a life cycle and produces fruit and then seeds. The seeds contain the genes (raw materials) from the parent(s) and then grow into a similar plant with a slightly different mix of genes or traits. This sprouts and then completes its cycle again…and so the re-cycle continues on and on.
      Reminds me of this verse from Galatians 3:29 about a ‘parent’ that lived by faith, “ And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

  5. Design my veggie – dip tray from this parable…does it look like the one in our blog???

    Mark 4:26-29 Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he doesn’t know how. For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

    1. Sara, you have asked, “Design my veggie – dip tray from this parable…does it look like the one in our blog???” I’m not sure I am correct, but I will try to answer the question. First, I will share the footnotes from the NLT for these verses. Read with me, “God promises that his harvest will be magnificent and prolific–the best fruit ever grown. Your witness may be weak and your efforts may seem to influence so few, but the Word of God is a powerful growth agent. Keep your eyes on the great harvest to come and don’t let bad soil or weeds discourage you from faithful service and witness.”

      When I look at the beautiful picture of the veggie dip tray above, I really see a “weak” skeleton with no skin, muscles, brain, vital organs, etc. But look how beautiful and inviting the food looks. No matter how “weak our witness and how few we seem to influence” we must remember that even the small words of encouragement, etc, that one may utter or type, it can provide a beautiful invitation, for another to seek God. And, “the Word of God is a powerful growth agent.”

      1. You are right, Tammy, a funny skeleton…now in reference to footnotes and comments…when eaten by a spirit filled one and the one walking in the spirit would the veggies not have all the flesh/earth body parts and organs needed to change the world. One celery stick could become a word sword! I think this is what I am reading.

        Back to Debi’s comment on the soil-must say I think I will look at soil with different eyes from now on. Hey, BTW, do they make synthetic soil? LOL

  6. What a most interesting blog!!
    Say, Sara! Do you think if Ezekiel propheised to your veggie skeleton he would fill out pretty nicely? LOL
    But, I was thinking the same thing before I read Debi’s comment that the Lord at creation, implanted all the required DNA in the fruit to create the seed that will reproduce itself.. He made seed-time and harvest. And there is a correct way to plant The MASTER GARDENER tells us specifically in His Word in Isaiah 28: 23-29. This passage of Scritpture reads…”23] Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil? When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is a cartwheel rolled over cummin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a stick. Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. Though he drives the wheels of his threshing cart over it, his horses do not grind it. All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.”
    The Great Farmer/Gardener knows how to plant and plow. He planted His Spirit in the soil {adam) of earth that He had created for such and will reap a great harvest in the end.

  7. Speaking of artificial or synthetic soil I found this:
    “My work uses inorganic chemistry impregnated with gels to produce soil-like formations, but is also using 3D printing techniques to better understand how soil chemistry works and may be replicated artificially. Soils are ecosystems and if we learn how they operate so that we can build them from first principles, then we may have an opportunity to revitalise and extend our soils so life on our planet can continue to thrive.
    The production of soils is an act of sustainability – returning something to the Earth that has been taken during the process of industrial production – yet from a business perspective compost is also a currency that may be traded. Soils also offer great economic and social opportunities for us: the production of heat, filtration systems, recycling,…”

    Rachel Armstrong is a 2010 Senior TED Fellow, co-Director of AVATAR and senior lecturer at the School of Architecture, Design & Construction at the University of Greenwich. She is the author of Living Architecture

  8. Looking back on this comment [above] that I wrote, it seems like Ms. Armstrong is attempting to make “dirt”. Hm-m-m-m. I thought that ‘only God can make a tree’ and dirt, too!!

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