Thursday, May 19, 2005

How's Your Garden?

This is the time of year when it is common to hear someone greeted with the phrase, "How's your garden?" I love it that people who work in a hospital, a bank, a school, or an office building can gather up the produce from their backyard farm and give it away in boxes and plastic bags. Amateur fruits and vegetables are the best.

I am looking forward to the summer. The height of the goodness will be, as always, the tomatoes. If I had never read the Bible or visited a church but had eaten a tomato, I would believe in God. A real bona fide garden-grown tomato is surely what God had in mind when he said "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." I guess all the vegetation could have come up at once, but if it didn't then the tomato is either the first or the last seed-bearing plant made. If it was the first, then it was the standard for all the others and there's nothing to compare to the original. If it was the last, then it was the final product perfected after testing designs with all the others. First or last, but you cannot convince me it was made somewhere in the middle.

So, how's your garden?


Brandi said...

My garden has not even begun. For the past three weekends in a row (the only time I have any real time to devote to gardening) it has poured rain. Quite frustrating.

This weekend looks to be relatively dry, so maybe I can get started. I'm not doing veggies this year, just flowers and shrubs, but next year I'm definitely doing some tomatoes.

But, I do have to agree: There's nothing like a home-grown tomato.


Chad said...

Nearly two years ago, one of the elders from my church thought I didn't have enough to do, so he came over, dug out a 4X4 plot in the middle of my backyard with my daughter's help, planted some tomotoes and squash. Two years later, that garden is filled with a giant Lantanen that has grown wild, fire ants and an assortment of weeds because he learned I don't have time to garden.