I’m growing herbs!


Today I thought I’d post a little update of my gardening ventures.

First, you should know that it is quite the big deal to put 1/3 of the focus of this blog on gardening, because historically I am not very good at it.  Because of this history, I attended a gardening lesson with my small group with some trepidation, and some excitement.

Would I suddenly have a green thumb once I truly knew what I was doing?  Or would my thumb prove to be the exact opposite of green, as has always been, and I could silently pack up my gardening tools and focus on something else?

My friends, it turns out my thumb is kind of green!  Like a really pale green.  Chartreuse, maybe.  Or lime, except lime green is terrible.  Mint green?

But I digress.

I dutifully planted my basil and oregano seeds in adorable Mason jars as was instructed in the lesson, brought them home and kept the soil dampened.  One day, I had a tiny sprout!  I kept up with this plan and now I have SO MUCH BASIL AND OREGANO, people.  I need recipes that use these herbs!!!

I also took cuttings of my grandmother’s peppermint, and somehow I’m keeping them alive, too!  This is my favorite thing, because I really love mint, and I love putting these fresh leaves in my sweet tea.

So because almost nothing good comes without practice, I decided to keep practicing.  I re-homed mine and Taylor’s basil in a large pail, and recycled those Mason jars with some rosemary and thyme seeds.  In two mini-planters, I planted some parsley seeds.

Success, people!  Check out my baby plants!

In the window, oregano is the one going crazy.  I’ll probably re-plant it soon!

The first tiny sprout is going to be thyme one day, and the other is one of my parsley babies.

Genesis 1:11-12
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them;” and it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

Even though I physically placed the stones, Perlite, potting soil, and seeds in my little planters, even though I check the soil every day to see if it needs more water and try to put *just enough* on the soil, even though I placed these in my kitchen on a south-facing windowsill  (seriously a magic trick), nothing would have happened if not for God.  He designed every little bit of how plants work and produce more of themselves, and how that makes it possible for me to plant little herbs.

Plus, the new growth is so exciting!  Little reminders that God is always working on new growth in the midst of my everyday life.

What a treasure, and what a blessing.



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