My husband Scott and I are working on gardening again this spring. He enjoys vegetable gardening and I enjoy my rose garden. This year we’re trying something new—propagating new bushes and trees using clippings from strong plants, a potting mix of peat moss and soil/grit, and hormone growth powder (also called root boost), which is applied to the bottom stem of the clipping and then inserted into the soil. So far we’ve attempted to start Knock-Out Roses, Fairy Roses, a dark purple Clematis Vine, and two White Cherry Trees. Let’s just say we’re experimenting and learning a few things as we go. I’ll keep you posted.The best part of gardening together is the “together” part. (Scott just wishes I’d be this sentimental about chopping wood with him). When I bought three new lilac bushes and a butterfly bush (awesome sale at Christmas Tree Shoppe by the way), Scott said, “Give me a plan. Map it out.” And so I did. He reworked some of my plan for this reason or that, but in the end we were both satisfied.
I wanted a better plan for vegetable gardening, too. Then someone passed me an email with an awesome idea for vegetable gardening. I think we’re going to try it in a few weeks. You can use the large, flat wooden crates for a raised veggie garden. (We have a number of these that we use for stacking wood). Place the crate where you want it for your garden and then pull every other slat off the top. Fill with dirt, and Whala! You plant neat little rows of weed-free veggies on either side of the remaining slats. Cool idea, eh?
You know, God could have put Adam and Eve in the woods, the jungle, the desert, or the seashore. But God had a larger plan in mind than creating the perfect vacation home for a perfect couple. God LOVES LIFE! He loves reproduction, proliferation, and, well, babies. Today when we want to teach the children in our community, we build a school house. When God wants to teach his children, he builds a garden.
Scott and I worked for hours on gardening the day before Easter Sunday. We tried new ideas, planted new plants, and generally made quite a mess in our garage setting all of this up. You can imagine our delight when we went to church on Easter Sunday and the pastor talked about the four Gardens in the Bible. We listened with our ears and a few sore muscles.
I’m going to invite that pastor, my brother-in-law, to share his message about gardens with us in an upcoming blog. (My sister found great pictures for his power point that I’ll share, too).
In fact, this spring I want to share poems, songs, and insights on gardening. Let’s just say that I pray, “on earth as it is in heaven” to our land and our hearts this spring!
Are you thinking of the same song I’m thinking about? This song was my precious grandmother’s favorite song. And since my brother Kenny likes Anne Murray, I’ll share her rendition of “I Come to the Garden Alone”. (Skip the add after a few seconds). Have a blessed day!