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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

butternut squash

The garden had really over-grown in the two weeks we were gone to Texas. It was late on Monday, due to baby-sitting, when I finally was able to get outside to start trying to straighten things up and to see what was still growing and producing. The answer to that was evident right away – not much.

An exception to that was the butternut squash – two ‘hills’ of these were grown, with two plants in each. I had already taken note that my total harvest of these would be 7 squash, but while we were gone we had several large rains and the vines cranked up again. The 7 mature veggies were picked and brought inside but the new growth of the vines had to be rearranged back into the garden rows because they had grown out into the lawn – one had even got into the driveway. New squash are now growing and there is enough time before the first frost for them to mature – double blessing.

Also babysat on Tuesday morning, but was able to get out in the garden again in the afternoon. The okra was trimmed back to about half the height, hopefully for some to come back and produce on the lateral growth. The mature, dried pods were cut off and saved for seed to grow next year’s plants.

Weeds and grass had evidently discovered that I wasn’t at home and had taken this time to invade the garden space. These trespassers had even started growing seed for future generations of annoying growths. One section of these interlopers was hacked from the garden soil and cast forth into outer rootlessness to bleach in the hot sun – they should have known better.

The crookneck summer squash have also pretty much ‘done their do’ - so several of the large mature ones were brought into the garage to finish drying to harvest the seed for next year’s plants. It is always amazing to me that plants and trees seem to have more faith in the future than many people. The garden plants grow seed for the next growing season and the trees have buds for next year’s leaves after they drop the ones from this year.

It seems that many folks have either forgotten or never realized that God made the earth and has everything in control – no matter what it might look like to us. All the time, God is good – even when it doesn’t look that way. ec


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

We have some hanging pots that the neighbours says she will water, but what she means is "maybe if she happens to think about it at a propiotious moment and the wind is blowing just right." Sheesh!

8/23/2006 04:48:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

AC - And those hanging pots will not sustain life w/o water - a little experience talking there. I do enjoy those hardy growths that somewhat thrive on neglect. ec

8/23/2006 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

And you think my schedule is busy!!

Thanks for the comment today.

8/23/2006 09:34:00 PM  
Blogger Bonita said...

I like your abundant hope in seeds. Of course, should you look at a seed pod, generally it is filled with abundance. Such is God's love. Ever hopefilled.

8/23/2006 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr Eddie, Your garden would soon get away from you in 2 weeks. But you will soon sort it out. We have butternut pumpkin here, which is probably the same as b. squash. I am
very fond of pumpkin. I have decided
to stop mentioning FOOD so much in my posts. Thanks for your comments. I
liked the Repercussions too. So many
people are not responsible for their
actions. Keep well, Cheers, Merle.

8/24/2006 04:26:00 AM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...


8/24/2006 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - The great thing about my schedule is that if I choose to just sit, I can - if the Spice will allow. :)

bonita - These do represent hope, not only for the plant's offspring but also for our own present and future provision from a loving God.

merle - Not sure whether it is the same plant, but they are very tasty and remind me of the taste of sweet potatoes. I would vote for you to keep talking about the food - sounds tasty to me. :)

jayleigh - And a half-pound of hallelujah!! ec

8/24/2006 07:44:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Rice said...

Sounds like it was harvest time.

8/26/2006 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

tim rice - There will probably be some more produce, but not nearly so much as before. ec

8/26/2006 10:18:00 PM  

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