My favorite part about spring here on the plains is the dramatic transformation from brown (and I mean everything, even my "ever-green" Rocky Mountain Cedars turn brown!) to GREEN. A month ago we were having our last snow storm, and now everything is green and growing. We have had some good rain, and even our corn field is sprouting. This week I finished planting the last of my garden, while the things I planted first begin to really shoot up.
We always plant radishes in the first round, just because they grow so fast. In only 4 weeks they are nearly big enough to harvest. My peas are finally up (maybe too late), and the lettuce is looking good! We've had unseasonable cool weather, so the lettuce is actually happy. Most years in June I'm already worried the heat will cause it to "bolt". My asparagus is feathered out, and the green onions are thick. The potatoes are finally above ground, and should be ready for hilling in a couple more weeks.
- second round of radishes
This week we planted from seed:
- pumpkins (3 kinds)
- more corn
New plants from the garden center:
- Peppers: Anaheim, Santa Fe, jalapeno, habanero
- Tomatoes: cherry, early girl, bush, and roma.
The best part about this past month has been the new growth in my heart. After a long dry spell of feeling very lonely and lost spiritually, I've been having a spring of my own. I'd really been struggling with a hunger for the Word, but not really getting into it. I went a little overboard and joined up with three different book/Bible studies. I'm reading through 1,000 Gifts with some homeschool mom friends, and also Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe* with some other moms. By far they most rewarding has been A Woman After God's Own Heart®* , by Elizabeth George. I can't fill the pages of my prayer journal fast enough as the Lord speaks to me in a million ways each day. I know we can't always live in the springtime, and there will be summer scorchers ahead. But I'm so thankful to be drinking from the cool banks of a River that will never run dry.
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