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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Square Foot Gardening is great, so far!

Okay, so far this is too easy to be true! I have spent a total of $2.20 on my garden. That was on clearanced plants at Lowes. They were 10 or 20 cents each! The wood was laying around and Troy made me 3 4x8 boxes. I started seeds this year which was fun but I did end up losing a large part of what I started. I planted 16 of my own tomato plants. They sat in my window until June 3rd or so. We were going to buy the Mel's Mix of soil that is recommended in his book, The All New Square Foot Gardening. But being as broke as we've been lately there was NO way that was going to happen. Well, some friends from church mentioned where they were getting their soil and that they would be happy to bring us some. It is composted manure and hay, very nice to work with, seriously, No smell, nice and pliable, easy to plant and weed. Not much for weeds either cause it's real easy to keep up with. It is a blessing because as huge as I am I need easy to keep up with right now! So we have 22 tomato plants, 3 peppers, 3 beans, 3 cucumbers, 2 squash, sage, chives, peppermint, oregano, 4 squares of radishes with 16 in each, plus we have already harvested 32 radishes and replanted in those boxes. In seed we have 2 more cucumbers, 1 more squash, 12 more beans, and a few more open squares. I have one more 4x8 box that is completely open for a fall planting. We'll see what I do with that. The whole garden is so nice and tidy and takes up so little room. I think I'm sold but I'll really have to wait and see the fruit that comes! Always examine the fruit! I am really amazed at my tomato plants, when I planted them they were yellow and very puny. I thought I would lose them for sure. I prayed about it and it looks as though the Lord saved them! I will try to keep you updated as the season goes along, however this baby may take priority over that! I hope everyone is having fun with their own garden!

God Bless you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Learning can be so HARD!

I would love to think of myself as one who has learned some things in my 7+ years of being a Christian. Why is it then that something stupid happens and I find myself at square one?
The Lord has recently convicted me of my fretting and worrying so. Even getting downright upset with people. How wrong! Everything ultimately is in the Lord's hands. When we get upset about things we are not actually trusting the Lord. And this little sin is one that has grown for me to the point that I have been a bad witness to people. I'm so thankful and feeling refreshed to have given it back to the Lord. That's where I want my life and all the dealings in my life. If something doesn't go the way I would want it to I can still trust the Lord because He knows why He is doing what He is doing!
On a positive note, we are getting so excited for this baby boy to get here! I am so blessed to have my babies at home. One of the things I have always had was a whirlpool tub to labor in. Well, due to circumstances I thought this was not going to work for this labor and was greatly discouraged. Whirlpool tubs can be very expensive. We had some extra money coming to us but it ended up not coming. Well, the Lord provided a tub for us for free. It is such a blessing! Our friends were given a tub that they didn't want. The Lord really does care and He can be trusted. Even if He hadn't provided a tub I can trust that my labor would have been in His hands. I can now say though that my labor will be much more comfortable! I always enjoy the time with the Lord as I labor. What a miraculous event!
So learning is hard for me. I am not out of the woods yet! I always get so impatient with my children around this time. Thankfully the Lord is not leaving me and He is teaching me.
I hope everyone else is learning from the Lord! It's when it's easy that we need to be careful. This walk should not be easy. It's contrary to everything the world teaches so there is much to be learned. Be thankful when you are tried and tested, the Lord is teaching you!