Monday, February 15, 2016

Week 4: Re-planting

Since some of the seeds did not germinate, I did some replanting today.  I planted silverbeet, kale, lettuce and peas.  None of the capsicums or kohlrabi came up, but they have been replaced with other plants.  The capsicums were replaced by the sweet potato.  The plants that did germinate are growing very well, especially the pumpkins!

After planting the new seeds, I watched the rain bucket down and then I saw a beautiful rainbow which reminded me of God's amazing love. 

As the rain poured down, I took great notice of how it fell.  The water from the gutter dripped straight down, but the rain slanted through it.  I thought that was fascinating!  Sit still and notice the little things around you.  Sometimes the little things like raindrops, rainbows and seeds bring you the greatest blessings. 

No pictures today. You'll just have to use your imagination!  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Week 3: Finally!

I'm so excited!  One of my silverbeets has finally come up!  I'm hoping that the others will soon follow suit.


The rest of the plants that are up are growing well, including the sprouting sweet potato that we planted in the garden last week.


Little Lesson

Waiting for this silverbeet to sprout has been a lesson in patience.  I wondered if it would even come up at all.  Yet, I waited, and my patience was rewarded when one of them finally poked out of the soil.

It is true, though, that sometimes seeds don't come up because they are too old and don't have the capacity to sprout and grow.  Sometimes they break the promise of growth and life.

Jesus has given us a promise that He will come back to this earth and take us to heaven (John 14:1-4).  Sometimes it seems as if he won't ever come, that He has broken His promise, but Jesus never breaks His promises.  He cannot lie (Titus 1:2).  He is never changing (Hebrews 13:8).  So, put your trust in Him.  Have faith in His promises, for He will come.  Be patient (James 5:7).

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week 2: Germination!

I'm so excited that some of my seeds have come up, but before I tell you which ones, I need to tell you what I planted in the other garden bed...

Garden plan: Bed #2
Pak Choi
Butternut Pumpkin
Sugar Snap Peas
Capsicum

Now for the seeds that have sprouted and poked out of the soil.  They include:

Lettuces
Kale
Pak Choi, and
Pumpkins
Pumpkins










Little Lesson

Is your life very stressful?  From experience I have found that gardening is very beneficial in helping you not to stress as much.  I'm reminded of a verse in Matthew...

 ...Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - Matthew 6:28-31,33.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fresh Start

I'm back into gardening again, after having a loooong break.  I have planted:

Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce
Silverbeet
Green Pak Choi
Half Tall Scotch Kale, and
Purple Vienna Kohlrabi

Here is the garden plan:




Feature: Purple Vienna Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a vegetable that belongs to the brassica family (broccoli, kale, pak choi, etc.).  It produces a swollen stem that tastes a little like a broccoli stalk when eaten raw, but nicer.  The stems and young leaves can be steamed and eaten.  With this particular variety of kohlrabi (Brassica caulorapa gongylodes) The stems are purple, but the flesh is white just like in the green variety.  Kohlrabi is one of my favourite garden snacks.


Information: Greenpatch Organic Seeds seed packet
Kohlrabi image: http://lettucelovefarms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/1kohlrabi.jpg

Friday, November 13, 2015

Pumpkin Tofu

Wow!  It has been six months since I last posted on here!  It's about time that I post another recipe...

500g firm tofu, finely diced
1/2 butternut pumpkin, diced and steamed
1 onion, chopped
1  bunch pak choy, chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
Braggs and salt to taste

Fry all ingredients together (beginning with the onion and celery) and enjoy with rice or noodles!  Serves 4-6.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tahini and Bean Dip

I really like simple recipes.  Here is another one...

1 small can of beans (chickpeas, borlotti beans, butter beans, or canelini beans)
1/2 small lemon, juiced
1/2 tablespoon tahini

Mash up beans (I use a fork).  Combine with tahini and lemon juice.  Spread on bread and enjoy.  You can add water if you do not want it so thick.

with borlotti beans