Fighting the Urge – A practice in patience

13 Sep

Many gardeners will tell you that this hobby, as some call it, is indeed a practice in patience. As such it is very counter-cultural to today’s “gotta have it now” mentality. Now this is beginning to sound a bit familiar. Maybe I’ve posted on this subject before.


So we have this new plot and the possibilities are seemingly boundless and I find myself eager to plant my first vegetable and even more eager to pull it back out and hand over to the intended recipient. Who will undoubtedly thank me gratuitously for such a beautiful specimen and lament the fact that they mush soon clean, carve, and cook such wonderful in order to feed the many mouths they serve. I wish growing were that simple and easy.

Maybe it is more simple than we realize sometimes. At least for us gardeners. I mean what do we really do except dig and furrow, sow and weed, and then pick and pull. All the real work is performed by the miracles of nature, and just to slap my pride in the face again, nature will grow a seed to harvest regardless of my efforts digging and furrowing, watering and weeding; and many times better than when I interfere, or so I have witnessed from time to time.

No, now is not the time to sow in my selfish pride, but rather now is the time to practice patience. Wait. Let the soil rest and build itself up. Now is not the time to sow.

Everything in its season.

The cover crop of Winter Rye is sprouting. Soon it will transform this red clay into beautiful black soil

The cover crop of Winter Rye is sprouting. Soon it will transform this red clay into beautiful black soil

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, ESV)


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