When my family went on vacations, my mother loved to visit different grocery stores and compare their selection, layout, etc. Now, I mostly stay out of grocery stores during the summer, but like her I've become a connoisseur of food shopping options--this is really my favorite tourist activity--go check out the local farmers' market and organic food coop. Madison's market circled around the state capitol building, and there was a vegetable garden planted along one of the sidewalks there! I noticed some shops that had kale growing in place of flowers in front. What a great commitment to fresh, local, healthy food.
Anyway, in my absence my own fresh local healthy food-growing area, my garden, flourished. J. (dear husband) watered the wee little ones and mostly maintained them. And wow, now that the summer heat has come, they have exploded! My tomato plants have completely taken over the front of the house:
|Tomato plants spilling over onto the sidewalk|
To the left is a cucumber plant--this little guy is only a couple of weeks old, and already growing like a weed. It's twirling vines up the sticks just like it is supposed to do. I'm still surprised when it does that instead of dying.
And here's a lovely little cucumber blossom. Some people advocate for picking the blossoms and deep frying them. While that is an intriguing concept, i hear if you let the flowers develop they turn into cucumbers and squash. So I'll let them do that this year.
Anyway, all of this reminds me daily of the abundance God intended for our lives. God created this bountiful nature, and yet we tamp it down and stifle it and pollute it; scarcity is not what God intended, poverty is not what God intended. The story of the Garden of Eden testifies plainly to a memory of a God who wanted all humans to flourish in freedom and plenty. Gardens help bring just a little bit of that plenty back to fruition.
P.S. If you want any basil or oregano or sage, let me know. I have all three in abundance.
PPS Check back in a few weeks if you want to sample some tomatoes :-)