Saturday, September 20, 2008

Year of Miracles #22

More than a month ago I started planting seeds for my fall garden. I started with some onion, cucumber, squash, and carrot. Then a week or so later I decided to add some parsnip and green beans. So I planted them and waited.

And waited....

And waited....

After over two weeks, neither the parsnips or green beans had sprouted. But mold had started to grow. I think my mistake was putting a piece of plastic wrap over them to simulate a "greenhouse effect." They must not have been able to breathe good enough.

Anyway, after three weeks were up I took off the plastic wrap and left them sitting there while I wondered for a few days if I could plant more seeds in the same soil. I wasn't sure what to do.

But then, early this past week, I noticed something... a green sprout had begun to grow from a parsnip seed. I thought to myself, "Maybe I didn't quite kill them all off." And as the week progressed, ALL of those parsnip seeds sprouted and started to grow.

I have to admit I am amazed and am grateful these seeds sprouted. For some reason it brings me comfort as a mom. Like, even if I make some mistakes as a parent there is hope my kids will sprout and grow. But then again, the bean seeds have not sprouted... looks like I had better brush up on my gardening and parenting skills.

Scripture of the Day: #6 Thou shalt not kill -- 1 Samuel 26:21


  1. Great post Becky (as usual!). Yay for parsnips...I love parsnips!

  2. LOL! Thou shalt not kill--even seeds. Cute! I'm glad something sprang back. I always hate to get rid of anything dead in my garden. I keep hoping it will just come back. Sometimes it does! I don't think my dead rose bush will, though. Sad.


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