Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Birthday President Lincoln

I look forward to Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Peas can go in. I know, February peas do not get ripe any earlier than mid March or April peas. I don't care, I just want to get something going. So happy birthday Mr. President! I put Fava beans in too. I played with the idea of planting radishes and salad in the cold frame but decided to wait until St. Patrick's day for the rest of the cold weather veggie friends.

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his heart, "I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease." Genesis 8:20-22 RSV

Things are getting serious in the world. Wars and rumors of wars. There is something comforting about pushing a seed into the soil, waiting to pluck the fruit of it from the vine, tasting the miracle of creation. Living in the moment, remembering that there is more to life than the little things, like sinking seed into soil. But there is still great strength that comes from joy and YHVH, the LORD does not despise small things. While there is still time I am grateful for moments of joy while poking seeds into the ground, looking for the rainbow, the sign of the covenant between God and all of us who have come since Noah. I want to remember the souls who call troubled lands home, to pray, to watch. I want eyes to see the soul right next to me, needy and in need of I friend (I've been there a time or two)

Just for today though, I want to remember President Lincoln, who is known for greater things than pea planting day. I want to remember my gram'ma who taught me about this day. A wild day that began with sweet spring breeze and progressed to wild wind and pelting rain. Sweet dreams little seed, Lord willing, I will be watching for you.


  1. I'm glad I'm on the forum, I loved the longer version and was sad when it ended. I felt like I was hearing Peter Rabbit for the first time again. I love hearing about your Toy Box.

  2. Hi Val, thanks! What a sweet thing to tell me. I sure am not done with this year’s Toy Box thread, but it is only February. If God permits there will be much, much more. I will probably be more square-foot-garden specific (unless I'm making a garden video...they are too much work to produce one for SFG and one general one for U-tube subscribers and here). The rain has been pelting W. Washington. I still need to spread more lovejoy, make a decision about leaving my leeks (about pencil size) where they are (rather crowded) or pulling them up and risking shock but giving them enough room to grow big as they should. The cloches that I've been all excited for, even bought the materials, need to be put together to protect things from the rain rather than freeze and snow. BUT today is Valentine's Day, and as much as I love my garden, even more I love my family. Garden decisions will have to be put off a day.