Nourishment For Gardens
Yep, you read that right. ‘Tis the season for planting. What do you need for planting? And how does that nourish young plants that can eventually provide food for us? Does anybody else wonder at the strangeness of this time-honored practice?
Every year, I go with good friends on the Spokane Garden Tour. What great ideas we get from what other folks have done with plants! And, wandering along the Farmer’s Market at Fairwood, I admire the beautiful fruits and vegetables in the bins. I even buy them, too, and get fresh veggies for dinner! Yum. Yum.
All of this comes from the ground.
Cow Poop? Oh, come ON …
One day cow manure was delivered to our suburban back yard for a lovely garden (we had dreams of cornstalks taller than us and ever producing green beans).
When the pile was delivered, my six-year-old daughter scrunched up her face in distaste.
“What is THAT, Mom?”
She looked at the pile, then at me in amazement. “Oh, come on, Mom, what is it REALLY?”
“It’s cow poop,” I repeated.
She paused, still considering the pile. “Are you telling the truth?”
Holding in my laughter, I worked hard to convince her that it really was cow poop. I think the only reason she finally believed me was because of the smell.
There is no mistaking the stink of cow poop!
The Stink of Poop!
I ruminated how badly that manure smelled up our usually neat neighborhood (yep, we were popular there for a while!). It passed through my mind that, as mankind, we can accumulate quite a stink with our sin piles. Since our sins reek up to heaven, I don’t imagine we are real popular there for a while, either.
Until we repent at the Cross of Jesus and are forgiven. Then what an abundance of sweet produce is yielded. That’s because the Master Gardener tends to us very carefully once we are planted in His Garden.
Are you planted by the tender ministrations of our Master Gardener?
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser” John 15:1.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” John 15:4.