Thursday, September 11, 2008

Playing favorites.

Squash is my favorite vegetable plant. At least thus far as I've only grown a few things...squash, cucumber, tomatoes, beans, melons and herbs. The squash plant is amazing...huge deep, dark green leaves, sturdy stalks, beautiful orange-yellow flowers...just gorgeous. I was surprised to see that the inside of the stems are hollow! As strong as they are I thought they'd be solid. But they're hollow...which adds to their amazing-ness. This year the squash was the best producer. It blessed me with beautiful, gigantic zucchini. And the plants are still healthy...unlike the melons and cucumbers...they're goners. I'm not sure what got to my cukes but it wasn't pretty. And the melons...? Well...I think it was just a matter of not enough sun. Oh, and not enough room to stretch out. I'm going to have a learning curve on that one. While beans are lovely and easy to grow, they didn't produce for me. They got overtaken by my beautiful, yet invasive, squash plants. I sowed a second batch of beans but I was too late. They grew fast, and flowered, but no beans. Tomatoes...easy. And good producers. The Sweet 100 is making me happy on a daily basis. I gather so many tomatoes from that plant that it makes me feel like an official gardener. If only ALL of my plants could have produced like that.
I knew that this first garden experience was going to be experimental...and that I'd have to learn as I went along. So I expected some failures. But expectation doesn't make it any easier to swallow. I wanted immediate success and instant gratification! But it's not like that with's a slow, patient process. There's a lot of waiting involved. And I don't know about you, but I am NOT good at waiting! Looks like this whole gardening thing is going to teach me a lot more than I thought! It's not just about food. It's about life. Sow. And wait. I just wish it were easier! In the meantime, I'll wait...expectantly.
Psalm 5:3
3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

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