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2. It’s Gardening Time! Planting.

When it comes to planting you need to first know what you want to harvest and then decide if you are going to raise the crop from seed or start with plants. Seeds are obviously cheaper, but some seeds are harder to grow. I will split this post into two categories; seeds (what I plan to plant directly into the garden as seeds) and plants (what I plan to put into the garden as a plant). Most of the planting needs to be done after the fear of frosts which for me is between mother’s day and Memorial Day. There are some colder weather crops which can be planted earlier which for me include lettuce, spinach, and onions.

Seeds

Potatoes – Yokon Gold

Potatoes store well over the winter and are an easy food crop to grow, they do require a lot of space, and need open, sunny areas. Buy potatoes from a garden store not a grocery store they spray their potatoes to stop them from sprouting. You can get several seed potatoes out of each potato by cutting them into pieces, make sure each piece has at least two eyes. One option for planting potatoes is to plant them in trenches or holes in long rows. The rows need to be spaced 15 to 20 inches apart. Dig the trenches or holes 3 to 6 inches deep and place the seed potatoes about 11 to 14 inches apart. Cover the potatoes with at least 1 inch of soil. As the plants grow, mound the earth up around the shoots.

Corn

The first decision with sweet corn is what type to plant. Sweet corn has three kernel color varieties: yellow, white and bi-color (yellow and white). It also comes in three types: normal sweet, the sugary enhanced and the supersweet type. If you plan to grow more than one variety remember that cross-pollination between normal sugary and supersweet varieties can happen in the same field resulting in reduced quality for each type. To prevent this from happening make sure that the seeds have varying maturity dates so that they will not blossom at the same time. It is best to plant blocks of corn to ensure better pollination. I like to plant in rows at least 24 inches apart corn needs room, plant seeds 1-2 inches deep and 12-14 inches apart.

Carrots

Carrots are a hardy addition to any vegetable garden and can be stored for months after harvesting. Make sure you have thoroughly prepared the soil for planting, working to a depth of 8 inches to allow the roots to penetrate the soil easily. The seeds are very small and should be planted 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and covered lightly with soil. Plant about two to three carrot seeds per inch, placing seeds in uniform rows. Space rows of carrots 12 to 18 inches apart. Mark rows accordingly so that they are visible prior to germination. You may also want to label row markers if you are planting several varieties.

Lettuce

The easiest lettuce to grow is loose leaf, the leaves grow in rosettes and do not form into a head. Loose leaf comes in red, bronze and green, and it matures much faster than other types of lettuce. It produces several harvests in a growing season. Plant lettuce in the ground about two weeks prior to the last expected frost. Seeds germinate at 35 to 55 degrees F. You can also plant lettuce again in the fall because lettuce is not tolerant of hot temperatures. It does tolerate light frosts and thrives in temperatures from 45 to 65 degrees. Plant seeds at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch in rows 10-12 inches apart. Water thoroughly but be sure not to dislodge any seeds

Spinach

Spinach is packed with nutrients – it’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that can help fight cancers and promote good cardiovascular health. Spinach is a cool-weather leafy green plant that grows best in neutral soil. Grow from seed directly in the garden, because of its shallow roots, spinach doesn’t transplant well. Plant seeds at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch in rows 10-12 inches apart.

Onions Yellow

Onions are a cool-weather crop and frequently the first vegetables in the garden ready for harvest. I like to grow my onions from bulbs, also known as sets. Onion sets have a higher success rate than seeds and require less time to mature. Prepare a planting bed; I like rows, for the onion sets in full sun. Walk on the planting site in late March to compact the soil slightly. Dig holes in the soil large enough to accommodate an onion set. Space the holes about 4 inches apart and space the rows 1 foot apart. Place an onion set in each hole with the neck pointed up. Fill the hole with soil so that only the tip of the neck is visible above the soil. Give the onions 1 to 2 inches of water per week. The less water they get the hotter the onion!

Plants

Peppers – Sweet banana, Red, Yellow, and Green

Bell peppers require warm weather, plenty of bright sun and lots of moisture if they’re to grow and thrive. Space rows 12 – 18 inches apart with 18 inches between plants.

Tomatoes

I plant two kinds’ of tomatoes, cherry tomatoes for salads and canning tomatoes for making salsa. Space rows 30” apart with 24 inches between plants.

Vines

I plant all my vines in the same plot in hills 5-6 feet apart.

Pickling cucumbers, Cucumbers, Water Melon, Cantaloupe, Pumpkins.


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17 Alone with God on the Run

Jonah 1:1-6

1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.4 But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load.[a] But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”

Have you ever wanted to run away? I think there are times in all of our lives when we just wanted to run away, from a problem or a situation or a person. We want to escape our situation so we run in an attempt to get way. But what happens when the one you are trying to get away from is God? The bible is full of people who ran away from God: Adam and Eve in the garden after disobeying God ran away and hid from his presence. Moses ran away from his God call after he killed an Egyptian soldier. The disciples ran away from the Garden of Gethsemane and abandoned their Lord. Jonah attempt to run away from God’s calling, it’s a story of disobedience, problems and prayer. Yet most of all it’s a story about second chances and returning to God. You see there are several realities we need to remember:

1. God still speaks inviting us to join Him in His work.

V. 1a “Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai,”

Jonah means dove, which signifies a ’messenger’, and we’re told that he is the Son of Ammitai which means truth, Son of truth. He is a messenger of truth. Whose truth? God’s truth. That was his job as a prophet of God, to listen to the word of God and then communicate it to the people. But instead of obeying, instead of doing what God called him to do, Jonah ran away.

2. We’re not always going to like what God tells us to do.

V. 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”

This is the last place on earth that Jonah thought God would send him; why would God send Jonah to preach to his enemies? Could not God have asked Jonah to do something he wanted to do? The Bible says that he went down to Joppa. He found a ship and he bought a ticket. This was a calculated decision, Jonah made a choice; when God speaks we all have a choice, a decision to make, to run to Him or away from Him. The Bible says Jonah, “found a ship.” Sometimes we justify our actions by saying, “But I found an open door.” It is a dangerous thing to try to justify our actions simply because things seem to fall into place. The truth is, anytime we want to run away from God, we’re going to be able to find a ship heading in that direction.

3. Running away from God always leads downhill.

Verse 3 “But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it”

Any path that leads you away from God is downhill. We want to justify our direction by saying but I’m improving my life, look how happy I am! Things are going great, but it is downhill nevertheless. If you are headed for Tarshish when God has called to you go to Nineveh, then you’re sailing into a storm, life apart from God always gets rough!

4. Running from God involves a wakeup call.

Are you running from God?  What is your Ninevah? Has God called you to do something and you won’t answer his call? Has God asked you to witness to someone you don’t want to witness to? Are you running from something that you know God wants you to do? What boat are you on, and what are you doing on that boat? Jonah was on the wrong boat heading in the wrong direction and he was oblivious, he was sleeping his time away. But that’s when he got the wakeup call, a call to a new direction, a direction of obedience. God used the captain of the ship to get Jonah’s attention with the works “Arise call on your God” it was a call to get alone with God. Are you in the hold of the wrong ship, experiencing the storm of your own decisions? Listen to the captain. WAKE UP! Is it time to get alone with God?