Build Houses and Plant Gardens
Welcome back to Roots And Arrows Homestead! Today we are talking about all things harvesting homegrown food. Did you start a garden this year? Do you hope to start one? It’s not too late!
As you may know, I am a first-time gardener this year and I’ve got some exciting news! This week, I harvested my first homegrown food, radishes! I posted about this on Instagram and in a few Facebook groups, but I really wanted to write about it here for two reasons.
One, because I don’t want to forget this feeling.
Two, because I hope that this will inspire someone out there to go out and just get started! It is so important to apply what you can, where you are.
I’m an American (from South Carolina), living in a town home, in the middle of a small English town. It is a far cry from the acreage that I grew up on, but I knew that I wasn’t going to let that hold me back (this time).
After deciding to start my first garden this year, y’all… I took on the whole list. I am not recommending you do this at all! All I’m saying is, I got bit by the bug!
Check out My Instagram Page to see where this all started!
Now, I have more pepper plants and tomato plants than I know what to do with. I’ve got squash growing and I’m not sure where I’m going to put them. I just up-potted the corn and I need to up-pot at least two more full trays of seedlings!
I went into this with 100% rose-colored glasses on.
Growing and harvesting your own food is not just a sustainability thing, it’s a getting closer to God thing for me. As you will see on my blog’s homepage,
Jeremiah 29:5 (NIV) tells us to
“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.”
I have heard Jeremiah 29:6 referenced quite a bit, which says, “Marry and have children. Encourage your children to marry and have children so that you’ll thrive in that country and not waste away”(MSG). Yet, I don’t think I ever heard the verse that comes just before that until my interest in gardening and homesteading began to grow about 4 years ago.
Humans were created and placed in the Garden of Eden by God to be stewards of the earth. We were created to work the earth and help it thrive. We were created to work in partnership with God.
God could have made the earth completely self-sustaining, and to an extent, it is. But with the stewardship of attentive hands, those seeds that want to grow will not only grow but they will thrive. In turn, they will provide food to feed our families. This was not a mistake.
The mistakes came once sin entered the world through Eve’s disobedience. Tending to the garden and stewarding the earth was a privilege we received as God’s creation, it was meant to be a form of worship, joy, and peace. The death and difficulty we experience as modern gardeners only entered the garden through Eve’s act of disobedience.
I could get into that more, but maybe I’ll leave it there for now. If you care for more devotional content, head over to my Uplifting & Encouraging Page.
All of that to say – y’all I harvested my first homegrown food today 😊. It’s all going to be okay. I may lose some, but I’m sure I will harvest more food in the coming months.
Thank you for being here.
‘Til next time,