Archive for May, 2012

Square Foot Gardening

This year I decided to give Square Foot Gardening a try.  We’ve planted in the field the last 2 years and have lost pretty much everything we planted to animals…ok, and weeds.  My thinking is that if I keep the garden closer to the house I can maintain it better and from what I’ve read, gardens grow really well in raised beds.  It keeps in the heat and with proper materials can keep weeds to a minimum.

We have just finished up our beds and the seeds are planted.  Just waiting for some buds to start poking through the dirt.  Dad is working on one last potato bin.  I took pictures of the journey:

Dad working on our raised beds.

Our raised beds.  In the end dad made 6 beds.

Thanks to my big toe, my old Toms have a hole in them…so they are now my gardening shoes.

Filling up our beds with soil.  A lot of shovelling.

My little helper.  Seriously, he really did help with every step.

We laid down weed controller fabric…stuff.  Here it is:

Beds all done.  We have soil, manure & compost in each bed.

On to the planting!  Owen helped plant until I got to the really small stuff (ie: lettuce)

Coming back for more seed.

I blocked off the beds in square feet and planted my seeds accordingly.  I followed what I found online on how many seeds of each veg/fruit could be planted in that square foot.  For example, watermelon & squash took up 2 blocks for each seed, but I could plant 16 carrot seeds in one block.

This is the potato box dad came up with.  Potatoes can grow out where ever it would like, and he’s put a hose with holes in it down through the box for watering.

My strawberry patch.  It’s not doing too well today…I hope they don’t die.

Raspberry bush.

I have two of these blueberry bushes planted.  Mmmm…I love blueberries!

Growing some spinach in pots.

I found these “Pot Carrots”.  I’m not sure how it works but apparently you can grow carrots in a pot.

My potted herbs.  Since this picture my Basil has died.  Everything else is growing and thickening.  I’m not sure why the Basil died…it was watered the same as the rest and got as much sun.  I have also added a tomato plant that is ready for producing tiny tomatoes.  O loves tomatoes.

And that’s it!  Our garden is planted and now it’s just a waiting game.  Watering every day.  Anxiously waiting for something to bud and praying this year we will get something from our garden!

Missions

I had this blog entry over half written a couple nights ago and lost it…blerg.

Here’s attempt #2.

Tomorrow is Mission’s Sunday at our church.  This one is a little different than most because our Seeds Mission Team will be sharing tomorrow of their experience in Grenada about a month ago.  For those of you that don’t know what we do, every year we bring down Christian educational curriculum to the 4th grade students in about 32 different schools across the island of Grenada & Carricou.  Our team also hands out school supplies, a Bible, and a toy along with performing a program, sometimes for the whole school, with songs, puppets & games about God.  Awesome opportunity to spread God’s love and His word into the hearts of children (and teachers).

I’ve been thinking lately about the way I view mission trips vs. those I talk to every year about going with Seeds.  I’ve been trying to figure out why everyone’s response to “do you think you’ll go this year?” sort of bugged me.  I’m not trying to offend those of you that have responded to me the following way the last 2 years.  I don’t think your response is wrong, just backwards.  And maybe that’s just me…I could just be off my rocker.

The last few years when I’ve asked others if they think they will go to Grenada with us this year, the response I’ve always received goes something like this:  “I’ll have to pray about it and see if God wants me to go.”

I remember about 8-9 years ago I sat in a chapel service at Bethany Bible College (now Kingswood University), as a student.  I can’t remember the speaker, I can’t remember the day.  I do remember round about what he said though.  I think it’s what has shaped my thinking about this sort of thing.  He said something like this:

God’s command has always been to go.  The great commission tells us to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Instead of waiting to see if He has called you to go (for He has commanded you to go), you should be asking if he has called you to stay.

That’s the way I like to look at mission trips.  God has commanded me to go.  I will work very hard at going.  I will help work at the fundraisers.  I will attend the meetings.  Until God tells me to stay, I am going.

Circumstances last year prevented me from going.  God directed me to stay.  But up until the point I had to decide to stay, I was going.  I think it was December sometime last year that I decided to stay.  I usually try to leave the door open for God to speak until the decision HAS to be made (ie:  plane tickets need to be bought).  But the door I leave open is not one for God to tell me to GO, it’s a door for God to tell me I need to STAY.  Because the command is to GO.

Maybe this year, you could look at mission trips the way I do.  Instead of praying about weither God wants you to GO, ask Him to show you if He needs you to STAY.  Until He gives you that answer, maybe you should start packing your sandals 😉

If you’d like more info on Seeds International or more specifically our mission trip to Grenada you can contact myself or Pastor Ivan Davis (pastorivan@sympatico.ca).  We have teams that join us from all across Canada each year!  Our first fundraiser is our Yard Sale on May 26th.  If you live in the area and want to be on our church team, we are meeting at our church, May 14th @ 7:00 to go over yard sale details with those interested in Seeds.