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“Pullin’ weeds and pickin’ stones, we are made of dreams and bones, I feel the need to grow my own cause the time is close at hand, grain for grain, sun and rain, I’ll find my way in nature’s chain…”

“You’re not at a nursery, are you?”

This is a question I get frequently these days, either from Wes or my accountability partners. It’s like they don’t trust me or something. I don’t have proof, but I suspect they are planning an intervention. And you know they have snacks at an intervention, which will probably be fruits and veggies. Which they will get from my garden thank you very much.

We bought our house in December, and I decided that since we own the house, maybe I would try a little gardening. I thought- “I think I’ll grow some tomatoes in pots.” What followed was a quick decent into the world of compost and soil testing. I’ll admit to getting a little addicted, and using tomatoes as gateway drugs. “Just one more plant man, just one small plant to get me through the weekend!”  I read online about how to propagate plants from cuttings, and so if you are friends with me and you have hydrangeas in your yard, just know that I might show up with clippers soon. And I would never probably not actually do this, but this means you could technically go to the Dallas Arboretum and just cut flowers off to grow at home. Is that so wrong? If you think about it, it’s actually like pruning, which they were going to pay someone to do anyway, and I am offering to do it for free, so really, if you think hard about it, I am doing THEM a favor. Think of it like serving your community. Like volunteer work. Like having a loving servant’s heart and creating life. I’m not saying it’s close to performing miracles or anything, but who am I to argue if you called it that?

I started with four tomato plants. Now I have-

16 tomato plants

7 squash plants

5 watermelon plants

6 cucumber plants

6 spinach plants

2 lettuce plants

1 okra plant

2 blueberry bushes

1 raspberry bush

1 blackberry bush

1 tomatillo plant

1 jalapeno plant

2 bell pepper plants

2 eggplant plants

3 strawberry plants

And then came the herbs…

Basil

Mint

Chocolate mint

Lemon Balm

Lemon Thyme

Sage

Dill

Tarragon

Chives

Oregano

Lavender

Cilantro

And you need bees for pollination, so I needed some flowers…

Morning Glories

Bluebonnets

Marigolds

Lantana

Roses

Hydrangeas

Poppies

Dahlias

Gerber Daisies

Mums

Hostas

Bachelor Buttons

Wow. Okay, I am a little embarrassed. It all seems so reasonable until you list it out this way. But look at my babies!

Beloved Blackberry. You shall make excellent cobbler.

Beloved Blackberry. You shall make excellent cobbler.

Wonderful watermelon!

Wonderful watermelon!

Celebrity Tomato

Celebrity Tomato

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Green Bean Teepee

Green Bean Teepee

Gorgeous baby strawberries

Gorgeous baby strawberries

Sage

Sage

Dill

Dill

Chives

Chives

Lettuce

Lettuce

Bell pepper

Bell pepper

Heirloom Tomato

Heirloom Tomato

Baby eggplant

Baby eggplant

Tomatillo

Tomatillo

Jalapeno

Jalapeno

Lovely lavender

Lovely lavender

Lantana (this was almost completely dead when I bought it!)

Lantana (this was almost completely dead when I bought it!)

Squash

Squash

As much fun as I am having with my garden, it has also opened the doors for so many conversations with the kids. Weeding and pruning lead to words about cutting sin from our lives, and being careful with what influences us. Checking for pests and diseases has led into how quickly sin can entangle us, and how it starts small but can spread quickly. Watering and feeding goes along with soaking up God’s word and the people around us that encourage us to be more devoted. Even choosing the plants at the nursery has led to discussions about what choosing the best looks like, and just because one plant looks better doesn’t mean it is healthier.

So basically I’m saying that people should back off because I am clearly trying to be like Jesus. Jesus would totally buy ladybugs. I mean, He would probably just create a bunch, but this is close.

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  1. Wait, you like gardening AND Harry Potter!? We need to be friends. I have a few hydrangeas….just saying. Our garden:

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  2. Wait, you like gardening AND Harry Potter?! We need to be friends. I have a few hydrangeas….just saying. Our garden:

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  3. Ok so after seeing that list and my jaw hit the floor, I mean I’ve been in your back yard and I’ve seen all your plants but that list is long, I was planning your intervention and preparing to call the girls… Then I kept reading and saw all te ways you are teaching your kids. SOOO you have change my mind. You are, and always have, being so intentional with your teachable moments way to go!!
    SOOO way to go B, and when your watermelon plants have produced too many and you have an over abundance of tomatoes, squash, etc etc etc I’ll take them off your hands!!

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