Today, our family visited a local farmer who participates in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Outside we stepped over tired snow piles and mud. But inside Tim's greenhouse, we witnessed rows of green, luscious lettuce - several varieties. He told us about his soil, how he cares for his gardens, and what he hopes to harvest and have available for his customers. We purchased some greens and had a scrumptious salad for supper. A taste of more to come!
My friend, Susan Vinskofski, is a Master Gardener and has written a wonderful e-Book about gardening titled The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil. Complete with illustrations by artist Deb Hamby, this resource offers step by step instructions on how to take a garden from good to great. Susan's website has been a most helpful resource for all things healthy: learningandyearning.com
Springtime reminds us of new birth and youth. It's the time for planting, for the resurrection of grass and perennials, for bursting leaves and buds, for sap and growth. It's the time for animals to bring their young into the world. It marks the time of new beginnings.
We usually don't associate spring with "old age," but tucked in an ancient psalm I found these words:
The righteous flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
(Psalm 92:12-15, emphases added)
Now that's enough to put a spring in your step!
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