No one wants life to be turned upside with challenges, sadness or disappointment. But the fact is, they are a part of life. It is in these times that we solidify our faith. It is in the depths of these challenges that we choose whether or not we can give it all up and rely on the Lord fully. This our our opportunity to mature…to walk-the-walk not just talk-the-talk.
First box is planned for the fall. I’m hoping to get most of this planted over the weekend. Then I’ll be planting every 2 weeks through November. 🙂 You might notice that I use Square Foot Gardening. In the small space I have I find this to be the best use of what I have – plus no weeding!
Box 1 – August 15
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You may have read my initial post on this experiment on July 20th, but if not click here.
Well it has been 3 weeks since I started the compost experiment. To be honest I haven’t paid as much attention to it because of play production followed by bronchitis. It did rain some and I added a spritz of water here and there to keep it most.
Tonight I decided to give it a look. Note…I should have dumped this out on a tarp and not in the dirt; I blame the heat. 😉
First take a look at the bottom:
Then I took the shovel and broke it apart to see what was going on inside:
Rich compost brewing!
Lastly I scooped it back into the basket, lightly watering with each scoop.
I think another 10 days – 2 weeks and this will be ready to go!
I know that I shared this scripture last month. But in the last few days it has come back to challenge me! I had to share again.
What is an enemy, really?
Most people are familiar with the Matthew 5 scripture that challenges us to love our enemies…even non-believers. But can we honestly say we put this scripture into place?
I think that often we think of an enemy as a foreign country or someone we are at war with…my global than personal. But I don’t think Jesus meant just your global enemies.
Who are our enemies?
- The driver that cuts you off on the freeway?
- The neighbor who keeps letting their dog use your grass as its personal toilet?
- The person yelling at you on the phone?
- The kid that picks on your kid?
- Someone who cheats you?
Do you love them? When they challenge you, does it bring out your best or your worst?
I had an encounter this week that could have brought out the very worst in me. It was bubbling up during the conversation. I wanted to scream and defend and point out their iniquities. But I had a choice to make. I could scream and shout and “go there”. Or I could discuss, listen and hope this person saw some love in me; despite their behavior. I hope I did that. If not, I know I was a witness to the girls watching me as I had this conversation.
Love is not a weakness.
Not fighting back is not fear.
Holding your tongue or your fists takes greater strength and a 1,000 men possess.
In loving the “enemy”, you show the greatest power of all…Jesus!
Being a newbie gardener (1 year down) can be frustrating. What comes so easily for other backyard farmers and gardeners is still a learning process for me. 🙁 If you read yesterday’s post about my green peppers, then you know that frustration.
I see pictures posted about all these delicious harvests from summer gardens…well at least I had some tomatoes early in the summer. But it has been a pretty slim summer.
But onto the report!
First, let’s check in with the watermelons…or would-be watermelons
They are literally 3-4x the length they were a mere 3 weeks ago. I have a ton of blossoms on there but, alas, no melons. I fear that nothing has been pollinated. I am going to try some self pollination tomorrow morning but if we don’t get some action in the next 10 days this will have to be pulled. Watermelon season is coming to and end. 🙁
The TomatoesNothing new to report here. I am holding out hope for these two. The pink brandywine had really had some great growth over the last few weeks.
The Sweet Potatoes
I dug around in the tub but didn’t find anything. I think we may be looking at an October harvest on these.
The Bell Peppers….sigh
Amazingly they are sprouting leaves again. I am going to give them a few weeks and see what happens. I went to my friend’s house today and her “volunteer” plants were filled with lovely red bell peppers…where is my tissue??? 😉
Well that’s it for this week. I am working on my fall plan…stay tuned! 😀