"Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest." ~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty
My garden is so small and bound to containers and a small patch of ground. However, I still find it full of wonder and surprise. Each warm week brings more fruit. We have dined on our strawberries, squash, and herbs. There is more in the works out there in that sun. It makes me wonder why I never did this before when I had so much lawn? I will put it on my youth and laziness, I suppose. Now that I am bound to such a small and little plot, I am full of thoughts and ideas of green things and the smells of dirt and flora.
Whenever I get the chance to expand my garden plans again, I cannot imagine the ways in which I will learn. Gardening is one of the greatest teachers. It teaches me most about our Creator. He takes my efforts and His power and puts together quite a masterpiece. Sometimes I learn harder lessons. I might find a plant covered in hungry crawling things, or find a flower struggling to survive. I think then how true this is of life. There is a certain mystery of life that requires a trust in The Great Creator that He can work it all out. He gives the life, He gives the growth, and through that we find fruit. I find God often in the garden.
Today, I am setting about a plan to shew the ants that are dining on my beans. I used marigold blooms that had faded and placed them all around my strawberries. That seemed to work beautifully for that. However, they are not being deterred in the beans and tomatoes. My kitchen, turned apothecary, produced some potions that I hope will aid my efforts.
I did an oil and soap mixture, and I am steeping an onion and jalapeno pepper tea that I will try tomorrow. I am trying to avoid chemicals. I'd like to think they might do the trick simply and efficiently.
Oh, the garden. I couldn't resist the urge to add a few more things. Being in the south, I still have time to get a few last minute things going...if I am lucky.
As a gardener, I'm among those who believe that much of the evidence of God's existence has been planted. ~Robert Brault