Gardens and Gardening
In this chapter, Edith Schaeffer takes a practical and creative look at gardening — flowers, vegetables and more –and how you can incorporate it, should incorporate it into your life, your home, wherever you are.
Consider the fact that God the Creator chose a garden as the very first home for the very first man, the very first family. With that thought, consider how much even a tiny touch of a garden adds to our quality of life.
Mrs. Schaeffer shares from her early years as a new bride, how they lived in a back apartment of an old rowhouse, with a horrific view. Instead of fretting and complaining, she and her husband took an old bin, filled it with soil and planted morning glories, which grew and spread its tendrils along the back fence, producing new and beautiful blue blossoms each morning. They added more flowers at the base for color and variety. This became their focal point as they shared breakfast each morning. A wonderful way to start the day, even in the midst of a crowded, dirty city.
This week I was challenged by the reading of this chapter to consider how I care for and present God’s gift of nature, right here in my own yard. We are blessed with wide open spaces where we live. We have room to grow vegetables and fruits and flowers. We have an amazing array of wildflowers sprinkling the countryside. Every spring the whole family gets involved cleaning up the vegetable garden and flower beds, readying them for spring planting. Clear out the dead, Ready for the new!
In late February we started some of our bedding plants from seed again. This is our third year using seed we saved from the fruit of our own garden. So easy, so economical, so fun, so satisfying.
It’s become our custom to plant the vegetable garden during the week following Mother’s Day. Everyone joins in. The kids are so enthusiastic about getting the seeds in the ground and tucking the bedding plants in nice and snug. And of course there’s the bonus of discovering hoppy-toads and long, juicy earthworms!
This year we are dreaming of a bountiful harvest of tomatoes and peppers and green beans and cucumbers and melons and more!
And so where is the ‘art’ in all of this? You’ll find it in the lines and textures of the leaves and petals, in the color of the ripening fruit, in the silhouette of a flowering shrub, in the varieties of herbs and flowers potted along the step.
Gardening, digging down into the earth, brings us in contact with our roots (pun intended!). This is the material from which man was made. What better way to get in touch with The Creator, The Great Artist?
This post is written in participation with The Hidden Art of Homemaking book study at Ordo Amoris and Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage.
If you’d like to catch up on previous chapters, you’ll find them HERE.