Suncreek Garden Chronicles: A gardener’s companion; prudence and patience!
There are so many things to consider before planting a garden. You must consider the location in relation to trees and buildings. You also want to consider how convenient the location is to the house and the water source. You must decide on the size and shape of the garden plot. There is also the layout of the garden beds, the type of fertilizer and what you will do to control pests and critters. Then the piesta resistance and almost as time-consuming as the entire rest of the project is the seed selection and their placement in the garden.
However, there are a couple of things you won’t find on any of the thousands of lists available on the internet instructing you on growing a garden. The first one missing from the list is prudence…using caution with regard to practical matters and discretion. Oh they skirt the issue when they make references to using good judgement when it comes to your resources. However, Prudence is something that comes through experience. We have learned through trial and error and trial again that planting and entire row of anything lacks prudence. Planting an entire row of cucumbers is over kill unless of course you are going to make pickles. Also it may not be prudent to use nitrogen rich chicken manure on the entire garden. As we found the zucchini was none too fond of it. Also it may be more prudent to plant those tiny lettuce seeds on a day without wind. Unless of course you like having little tufts of lettuces growing outside of the garden area on the off-chance one of Beatrix Potter‘s Rabbits happens by.
The other thing that is missing from every “how to” list is the recommendation for a potential new gardener to bring along a good measure of patience. Gardening requires steady perseverance with even-tempered care and diligence to work with quiet patience. My husband calls the time he spends in the garden…therapy. Gardening affords you many opportunities to grow…personally. Growing in patience is one of those areas. After planting the seeds you patiently wait for them to germinate. Once the seeds germinate you patiently wait for them to grow enough to transplant them to their respective garden bed. Once planted in the garden you wait patiently for them to grow and to flower. Once the plants have flowered you patiently and expectantly wait for the veggies to appear. It really is all you can do! Well that and pull weeds!
After months of exercising prudence and practicing patience tomorrow we will harvest our very first broccoli spears. There were moments when we doubted this day would actually come to fruition. In the coming days the Hubs and I will discuss numerous recipes that will include our fresh home-grown broccoli.
“Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.” James 5:7-8 The Message
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Galatians 5: 22 The Message