Winter Chores

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”  For gardeners, winter is the time for the chores suited to colder temperatures and the dormancy of plants.  Like sleeping dogs and children, we leave the plants alone during their sleepy time, just checking to make sure they’re still breathing from time to time!  While the sun is forgiving and the weeds are taking a welcome break, we focus on jobs that might be more challenging during the eager planting of spring or the oppressive heat of summer.  Now is the time to build a new potting shed, crank up the chipper, and prepare new beds for planting.  Now is the time to rebuild the compost windrow in anticipation of the need for soil amendments.  And here in north Texas, now is the time to start vegetable seedlings inside, plant onions and potatoes outside, and place one more order for those hard-to-find transplants from the plant catalog.  Spring will be here in a moment.  We want to be ready!

Shalom, y’all!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eric Inouye on January 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you, Pam!

    We look forward to spending time in the Israel Prayer Garden on our next trip to the Global Spheres Center.

    Shabbat shalom,

    Eric, Kathryn, and Hope Inouye
    Steilacoom, Washington


  2. Here in Seattle it is difficult to think about now being a time to start seedlings inside!

    It is truly amazing the transformation that has taken place in His Garden Pam!


  3. Posted by Juanita Lopez on January 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I love the pictures and updates. Feels like I’m there!
    Thanks so much for keeping the post coming even when all looks asleep there is so much life in the Garden!


  4. Thanks Pam, I love the way you talk about gardening, how there are seasons, and how our lives need to align with the seasons.
    When I picked up my 5 yr. old grandson from pre-school yesterday,he said he was sad. I asked why. He said he missed going to the swimming pool and to the park to play. I proceeded to say the same things you were saying….that every thing has its season. After explaining the seasons and if we didn’t have winter we wouldn’t have Christmas, the light started to dawn on him. I asked him if he was still sad and he said no and like a 5 yr old he was off into his world of wonder and make believe. I love to see the world through his child like faith.
    Blessings, Dee:-) from OH.


  5. Posted by Christine Read on January 28, 2012 at 12:29 am

    It is such an inspiration to see all the pictures and hear what you are doing as you build and maintain these beautiful gardens! Would you consider one day writing a book on how you designed the vision for creating it all so those of us that are trying to do the same thing on a smaller scale can glean from you! Oh I know the Father is pleased when He walks through this land you and your team have transformed!
    Blessings upon you and yours!

    Christine from Alabama


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