Harvest Time

Sue Reeve

For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven…
    A time to plant and a time to harvest

Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 2b (NLT)

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     I spent today harvesting. Lest you’re feeling impressed, let me assure you harvesting at my house isn’t a very big deal. In the spring, I plant some large pots and small raised beds with tomatoes, herbs and peppers.

     Before I put the tender little plants into the dirt, I make sure the pots and beds are filled with nice, rich amended soil. Occasionally, I give them a little extra food and pluck out any weeds when they’re small. Our sprinkler system keeps them watered sufficiently unless it’s extremely hot. God’s goodness does the rest.

     The effort is small, and even though our bounty is minimal, harvesting the tomatoes, peppers and herbs brings a certain satisfaction. There’s nothing quite as good as fruit and veggies harvested from one’s own garden! (I’ve learned, however, the Farmer’s Market is a pretty good substitute! We’re fortunate to have an amazing one in Coeur d’Alene. Now, those vendors are REAL gardeners!)

     Today’s harvesting included gathering one of the last pickings of Juliet tomatoes—a small Roma tomato that’s perfect for drying. I cut these sweet gems into halves or quarters, mist with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle with sea salt and Rosemary. Pop them into the dehydrator for several hours, and truly, they come out tasting like candy. They last for months and work great for tossing into pasta or on top of pizza.

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     I also harvested basil for pesto, which is our grandson, Jackson’s favorite. We’ll be transporting some of G’ma Susie’s Pesto to California when we go to visit in early November.

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     A few of our bumper crop of jalapenos and red habaneros. Ron grills them to use in his ‘family-famous’ cabbage salsa.

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     I’ll probably never garden more than we currently do, even though I find puttering in the soil quite rewarding. I do, however, want to plant and cultivate more amply in the garden of my soul.

     Far more important than the pots and beds I plant, are the seeds I sow and tend in my spirit. Those, Galatians 5:22 assures me, will lead to growth of the Fruit of the Spirit:

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness, and self-control.

     That harvest will last through all eternity!

During this season of harvest, I pray God blesses you with Divine abundance!

Sue

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