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The Garden of Your Life

One thing I like about gardening is that it has so many parallels with life, among them the Scriptural principle of sowing and reaping. Today's instant vacation is a nice piece I had in my files about our individual gardens of daily living.

Here's a great way to plant your garden of daily living:

Plant three rows of peas:
1. Peas of mind
2. Peas of heart
3. Peas of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

No garden without turnips:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

To conclude our garden, we must have thyme:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There will be much fruit in your life garden because you will surely reap what you sow.


Just this afternoon after I got home from school, I planted three rows of sugar snap peas in my newly tilled garden ... lettuce later this week. It's too early for squash and I have no plans for turnips. The thyme is in our herb garden already.

Here's a picture of the garden after I added the topsoil and compost to the newly uncovered area:

picture of topsoil added

I borrowed a tiller from a kind neighbor, but this is probably the last time I plan to till that area since I try to use the no-till method of gardening. Here's a picture after I tilled all the soil and mixed things up well.

picture of tilled garden

After that I applied a nice layer of mulched leaves another kind friend had given me, as she has the past several years. If you look at the left-hand side of the first picture above, you can see that this mulching has produced some nice soil already as the leaves break down and provide good organic material in the process. I really like having a layer of mulch because, in addition to building up the soil, it helps hold in moisture and allows me to garden without getting my shoes all muddy, even right after rain. Here's the garden with the layer of leaves:

picture of mulched garden

This week I received an e-mail with pictures of a heavy snowfall last month in Québec City in Québec, Canada. Since my last post was weather-related, I thought I'd share some of the pictures in this blog post.

picture of snow

picture of snow

picture of snow

picture of snow

And as we learned in the last post, everyone has a different take on the weather....

picture of snow

OK, maybe some of us should stop whining about how cold it is or how much snow we have to shovel! 😀 Really, what's the winter been like where you live?


"As well might we argue that it is unnecessary for us to breathe because God gives us breath, or that Hezekiah need no longer to eat and drink because God had promised he should live another fifteen years. . . Grace does not annul our responsibility but fits us to discharge it; it relieves from no duties, but equips for the performance of them." - John Owen

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9 Comments on “The Garden of Your Life”

  1. #1 Sherry
    on Feb 23rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Wow. That’s a LOT of snow…no complaints about the “cold” weather in South Carolina from these lips!!! The lady in the hot tub is a great picture–kind of fits in with your “Wisconsinites” blog from last week! 🙂

    I also really love the John Owen quote–very good. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. #2 Connie
    on Feb 23rd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I love gardening, so have enjoyed your posts. I have a blog that I write periodically when the inspiration hits (not nearly often enough) that has a spiritual/botanical theme. http://seedsofpromise.blogspot.com

    My favorite post is “Patience.”

  3. #3 Jami
    on Feb 24th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Well, Rob, I shared this ivman with my kids. Having not received snow (yet) this winter in Greenville, I knew that they would appreciate your snow pictures. Claire says “I want to go there!” Deacon says “awesome!” Chet says “Is it like that all year?” When I told him no, he replied “I feel sorry for them.” Spoken like a true southerner! As always, thanks for sharing!

    By the way, Deacon and I are planning to plant a garden together this spring, so it was inspirational to see the work that you have already accomplished.

  4. #4 b.j.
    on Feb 25th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Your garden is so cute and tiny! I hope you get a lot of veggies out of it. You should maybe do a post on your “no till” methods and such. It’s interesting and helpful! I know we always were ridiculed for planting potatoes on top of the ground, until harvest time, when we didn’t have to break our backs digging the potatoes out! (they are covered with straw and leaves)

  5. #5 Rob
    on Feb 25th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    @Sherry – That is indeed a LOT of snow! There are people, places, and things that I miss by living in South Carolina, but I really don’t miss the long, heavy sieges of snow.

    @Connie – Thanks for your comment. And thanks for the heads-up about your blog. You need to post more often – some good stuff there. I also like your post called Patience.

    @Jami – That’s so funny about your kids’ reactions! I’ll have to get updates on the garden you and Deacon put out. He should do well with all those green-thumbs genes in him.

    @b.j. – Actually the garden isn’t as small as it looks – it’s 8 feet by 24 feet. I use a modified Square Foot Gardening intensive planting method and can get quite a bit of produce out of that amount of space. Gardening can be a lot more work than it should be. I have heard about your method of growing potatoes, and it does sound interesting. Do you keep adding more straw as the plants grow taller and taller?

  6. #6 Aran Seaman
    on Feb 25th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Great article on your backyard garden! Good to see that our no-till gardening page has been of use to you.

    We just launched a new blog on our site as well with some useful gardening resources.


  7. #7 Rob
    on Feb 25th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    @Aran – I was glad to find your site with the info about no-till. I have been using that method for years and prefer it. With the modifications of doubling the size of my garden, I needed to add topsoil and compost, which involved tilling it all together with what soil I had before. I hope I didn’t destroy too many earthworms in the process and will be trying to add some to the garden from my compost heap which is full of worms. When I did the tilling, I was pleased to see how much good dark soil I had from four years of mulching and letting things take care of themselves. We have very red soil normally, and so to have such dark soil already was great!

    I’ll be checking out your new blog on your site. Please come back for updates on my little gardening venture.

  8. #8 Laura
    on Feb 26th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    The no-till method looks interesting until it comes to Bermuda grass. That stuff is a bad word in our neighborhood. It LAUGHS at mulch. A tiller doesn’t really help get rid of it, either . . . it just chops up the rhizomes into bitty “seed” pieces that each sprout all over again. I started forking through one bed a year to dig the stuff up by hand, plus I turn over individual planting areas to look for infiltration when I’m getting ready to plant. I wonder if the spading fork is just as disruptive to the soil structure as tilling? I think it probably kills fewer worms . . .

    Also, with your leaf mulch, do you find it makes the soil even more acidic than it already is, or do you layer it with lime? We’ve got LOTS of leaves, and I’d love to cut down on watering.

    Thanks for sharing your garden project. I’m looking forward to seeing it develop! Be sure to tell us about your favorite varieties as you go along.

  9. #9 Rob
    on Feb 27th, 2009 at 6:43 am

    @Laura – Ah yes, Bermuda grass…. Some has crept into our lawn. That’s why I have the stone border around my garden – to keep any Bermuda from creeping in. As far as the leaves and acidity goes, I do add a little lime to counteract any extra acidity. I love the leaves as an attractive, effective mulch. I’ve used them for years with good results.