I just received my heirloom tomato and carrot seeds in the mail. It's exciting to see exotic varieties, St. Pierre tomato, Pierce's Pride tomato and St. Valery carrot and anticipate what they will turn out like.
Last year was the first year I really started gardening. I learned so much along the way. I planted pumpkins, tomatoes, carrots and a zucchini. I researched and researched what to put in the soil (eggshells for tomatoes) and when to fertilize (every eight weeks). I learned gardening was an exercise in faith. When I planted that tiny tomato seed into the soil, I had faith it would grow into a full-size tomato plant. I remember transplanting the tomato outside in May and being amazed at how the stem tripled in size in a matter of weeks. Same with our faith, Jesus tells us if we have faith as a grain of a mustard seed nothing shall be impossible. I'm finding myself trusting Jesus more and more in every area of my life. Believing, even though my faith is as tiny as that tomato seed is, that I can bless others and do great things for God's glory.
At the end of the gardening season last year, I had flourishing tomato plants and thoroughly enjoyed salsa, spaghetti and just a big old slice of tomato on a blt. The pumpkins didn't do quite as well, I ended up with one pumpkin out of six plants. But I did learn how to fight aphids, and also learned my little zucchini probably cross-pollinated and kept my pumpkins from producing fruit. The carrots were oh-so delicious and the zucchini did fairly well. I will take what I learned last season and apply it to this season. I'm already planning more tomatoes, garlic, carrots and zucchini again.
Just like in writing, and in my walk with the Lord, I'm ever learning and pressing on to higher ground with the garden as well. May you be blessed in all that you put your hand to as well!