Visiting Over the Garden Fence

Here on this country hill, I see my neighbors from a distance.  The stillness and solitude are a bonus, but there are times when I think it would be nice to look up from my weeding and see a friendly face over the garden fence, to compare notes on ripening tomatoes and Japanese beetles, and to share encouraging stories that come from living close to the ground.

Today, I’m leaning over the garden fence — in a virtual way — with my friend, Sarah Geringer.  She’s a writer and a blogger who is gathering a community of gardeners at her place this month, and she has asked me three questions about my life in the bean patch:

  1.  What is your favorite kind of gardening (flower, vegetable, container, etc.) and why?

  2. What spiritual lessons has God taught you through gardening?

  3. In this year’s gardening season, what challenges do you face and how do they correlate with your faith?

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Grab your gardening gloves and hunker down with us over at Sarah’s place as we ponder a new season of seed planting and hope —  and as we marvel at the ordinary miracle of new life that happens when we’re Meeting God in the Garden.

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I’ve reviewed Sarah’s book, Newness of Life here at Living Our Days, and you’ll also want to check out her blog as she continues to interview other gardeners as part of her series.

May you find that you also meet God in the garden as you enjoy spring beauty and follow the path of joy back to a loving and all-wise Creator.

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Michele Morin

I am a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. I have been married to an unreasonably patient husband for nearly 27 years, and our four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Nonetheless, two teens still remain at home, and along with an incorrigible St. Bernard, we laugh, make messes, clean them up, and then start all over again. I love hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop me in my tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. I lament biblical illiteracy and advocate for the prudent use of "little minutes." I blog at Living Our Days because "the way I live my days will be, after all, the way I live my life." You can connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

39 thoughts on “Visiting Over the Garden Fence”

  1. Dear Michele,
    I am just getting to “know” Sarah, and I’m loving her new series on meeting God in the garden. So glad that you are sharing there! Heading over there now to read your good words!

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  2. You bring back sweet memories! I do not garden, but my parents lived 2 miles away and had a huge garden that I sometimes had a chance to help with. I was the beneficiary of the work of the garden my dad so much enjoyed. As a girl growing up, I learned and participated in all the canning, preserving, and freezing. As a grown-up with kids of my own, I enjoyed the bounty of dad’s garden and fruit trees for many years doing the same thing until working full-time made that impossible. Even then, my mom would put up a few things for me and bless me with the deliciousness that can only come from your own garden! They have been gone 22 years now and I still miss certain things my dad was able to get to grow like no one else!!!

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      1. As I read your words, I have no doubt you will. One other neat thing I will share. A few years ago my daughter-in-law asked me if I would show her how to can peaches (a favorite of my son’s). I was shocked since they had already been married more than 20 years. We arranged to travel to TN with all my canning gear and we canned peaches as well as tomatoes. It was such fun! I gave her the equipment she would need the following June for her birthday and she does it on her own now. I am sure my mother would be smiling from heaven if she had been able to watch me teaching her those days.

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  3. I love the idea of tying your gardening to your faith! It is obviously tied together for me, but I don’t think I’ve ever thought deeper into it other than enjoying nature and learning excellent character traits through hard work, patience and perseverence. Love the idea of looking at how it changes with each gardening season too. Thanks for sharing!

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      1. So true isn’t it!! I was just talking to Izzy about that today. He was complaining about how sometimes things take so long and I tied it back to a gardening analogy and how we have to patiently wait and work for the fruits of our labor!!!

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  4. Michele – I loved your post answering the 3 questions posed by Sarah – even had to tweet one – gotta love that we don’t have to be perfect. Kind of went with my linkup today! Thanks for joining the community at #TuneInThursday this week. Blessings to you and may this weekend be a good one for you in the garden.

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  5. I can almost taste the warm goodness of those fresh picked tomatoes… Yum! I miss container gardening… we haven’t lived in the best climates for it recently!

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    1. I think it’s significant that Eden was a garden, and that phrase runs through my head often in August when the bees are buzzing and the sunflowers are majestic and I can smell the green. Good thoughts for this rainy and cold Monday.

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  6. What a fun analogy! We’re downsizing our garden this year because we didn’t eat everything we grew last year, and those weeds!!! my soul! Yes, I contemplated a blog post while I was out there sweating my head off, but came up with TOO MUCH material! It would have been a series, ha! Thank you so much for sharing this at the #warriorlinkup ❤

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  7. This is a timely post Michele, especially as I have been knee deep in red clay planting several new bushes in my backyard. It makes me think back to when my children were small and we had a huge veggie garden. The home grown tomatoes were amazing (my youngest ate them from the vine until she was covered in hives!) but I also loved fresh picked green beans cooked with a bit of onion and bacon. That was another time and place where the soil was perfect and things grew like crazy. I’m not sure what will happen here but I am praying over every plant I put in this crazy dirt 🙂
    Blessings friend,
    Patti

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    1. I remember the red clay from down south — and also the beans prepared as you described. We’re blander up here, but I completely resonate with your practice of praying as you plant. That’s one of my favorite traditions with my good husband — we pray for our garden together after it’s been planted.

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  8. Michele, I’m your next door neighbor today at Kelly’s and get the delight of reading your article starting here at your blog! I read it earlier from Sarah’s blog (and I read it again, today 🙂). I loved your thoughtful insights about spiritual lessons from the garden. Thank you for sharing!

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