Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Garden Lesson


My Grandpa Heaton's garden last week.
For some reason at the beginning of the season, I always seem to compare my garden to my grandpa's (particularly the onions). His vegetables always seem to be bigger, healthier, and more abundant.

In comparison, mine are smaller, more insect eaten, and the seeds don't always sprout. I begin to question myself and all the time and work I've put into this garden.

Our north garden a few weeks ago.

Our south garden today.


Then, I go out into our garden, and I start to work. I water, and weed, and watch the plants. And something happens. I change my mind and my thinking.

I begin to see that the plants are growing a little bit everyday. I start to notice the beneficial insects, like ladybugs, that are crawling on the plant leaves. And then Asher and Zoe notice them. So I get to watch their wonder and fascination.

The pomegranate flowering.

Tomato blossoms.


I get to see little miracles happening, blossoms here and tiny new fruits there. And I begin to know that this little garden is such a blessing to our family. And for a brief moment, I realize that I no longer need to compare. And that feels good.

14 comments:

Teresa said...

RAYN YOUR GARDEN LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!
NOBODY AND I MEAN NOBODY CAN COMPARE WITH WELDON.
BUT I DO THINK THAT YOU HAVE YOUR GRANDFATHERS GREEN THUMB.
WHAT A GREAT MAN HE IS, AND WHAT A GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER HE HAS.

Fun Family Times said...

Man your garden looks great! I just saw you from Saskia's blog. It is fun to see your little family.

The Calico Crew said...

If it makes you feel better you can come see our garden and know you're on the right track. Your squash plants are huge!! I talk to my flowers on my tomatoes and give them a little tap of praise--I hope it's helping :)

Ence Family said...

Your garden puts mine to shame! I am on round 3 of replanting and I may give up on it. Yours really looks great.

The Heaton's said...

Your garden looks absolutely wonderful! Oh man, I have to tell myself not to compare ours with yours;)! I heard from "someone" that grandpa may be a little competitive;)! I heard he planted turnips because you did and the funny thing is he doesn't even like them. hahaha!! Thanks for sharing! If you have any little secrect to get things to grow better PLEASE share!

JILLIAN said...

I GUESS YOU REALIZE THAT I POSTED ACCIDENTALLY ON YOUR MOTHERS BLOG.
SO THAT WAS NOT TERESA IT WAS ME.

Mubeen said...

Your garden looks beautiful!!!

Fun Family Times said...

We live up in Layton, where are you. It must be more south since you have pomegranites.

I'm Stitching as fast as I can said...

Both gardens are amazing!!
Your pictures are beautiful.
Hope you never go private, your blog is so inspiring.

MaMa eNCHaNTeD said...

awe-inspiring, nice work, your blog has a wealth of info and inspiration. Thanks for hoppin over to my blog, it's fun to reconnect. Andrea

Nicole said...

You're garden looks great! And what a great learning experience for your kids!!

Saddie and Levi said...

Yeah, my onions are 1/3 the size of grandpa's. Funny that we got the starts from him! ha ha! I just think it's a MIRACLE that any of it is growing! I'm very glad Grandpa is willing to teach us what he knows and share with us the fruits of his labor.

PS Your pepper plants are twice the size of mine! I think mine want more sunshine.

The Gubler Fam said...

Rayn that was beautiful! Really I love how you see life! and your thoughts about simple things!

Reno said...

Your grandpa's garden is beautiful but so is yours, Rayn. I'm so proud!