May 11, 2022
How many of you like gardening? My husband and I love it. Those of you who are avid gardeners must be just waiting for the weather to get warmer so you can start planting your favorite flowers or vegetables. In Maryland, it is suggested that we start planting vegetables in mid or late May. Many of us are in a hurry to bring our plants out in the sun when the weather gets warm just for a day or two, but we must watch for the last date of frost in our area. Planting seeds at the right time ensures a bountiful harvest. Each crop has its own needs, including tolerance to cold temperatures.
Usually, I like to walk (10,000 steps) during fall and winter to reach my fitness goals, but I ditch my walking program during the summer and spend time in my garden—pulling, digging, weeding, watering, etc. It’s good exercise. I love gardening because I get to eat homegrown organic veggies and see my favorite flowers bloom, but more importantly, it helps me be close to nature which connects me to God.
Do you think it is a good idea to have a SASDAC farmers market this year in July? We can share our produce with others and showcase our harvests. I know many SASDAC members love gardening. My former boss, Dr. Franklin David is an avid gardener and I have learned many tips from him. If I hear back from 10 gardeners, we can move forward with potential plans for a farmers’ market.
Do you know how many times the word “garden” is mentioned in the Bible? The word “garden” is used 52 times; gardener has been used just once; and “gardens’ is used 12 times. Gardens were frequently used as places for secret prayer and communion with God.
Today, I just want us to focus on one scripture on the topic found in Matthew 17:20. Jesus said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” May we take this verse to heart as we build up our faith daily.
Anu Lakra
Office Manager
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11