God Blessed the Garden, but the Cucumbers Had a Problem

Cucumber Failure

God really blessed my vegetable garden this summer. If you’ve followed my blog you’ve seen some of the pictures of zucchini, peppers, beans, etc. etc. I truly enjoyed the growing and eating!

But, the cucumbers had a problem. They were slow to sprout (some had to be replanted) and never made it as you can see from this picture. That was a surprise because last summer I couldn’t keep up with them. If I skipped even a few days of picking, they outgrew their good and became too large and tough with giant seeds.

Last year we had more than needed, so I was able to pass the extras around (and that’s one of the best blessings of a bountiful garden). But not this year. The vines looked like they had a disease or other malady but I don’t know what it was. I may try to do a little investigation before next year.

However, I am optimistic about next year. Even as the vines were sitting there fading away this year, I bought a neat frame with netting that the cucumbers can climb up and around. I won’t hesitate to try again with the hopes of numerous burpless cucumbers for eating and giving away.

Being a gardener (or a farmer, or many other undertakings) requires hope. We look forward to next week or next season, or next year with hope. That also follows our walk with Christ. But the “hopes” have different meanings.

I will hope for a good cucumber crop next year – and it may or may not happen.

I will put my hope in Christ in all things – and that hope is assured because of Who He is and what He has done for me. “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!” That’s a hope that will not fail.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” 1 Peter 1:3 ESV

Bean Poles and Helping Others in the Wilderness

Bean Pole

Here is my first ever bean pole structure. I never got around to it until this year. I saw several fancy ones in catalogs but finally settled on getting some 1 x 2’s and attaching them to a top piece. I used bird netting around the bottom third to give the vines a place to start.

The structure worked out great, and the plants did well. I did learn that I let the beans go longer than I should have. They ended up being pulpy and a little stringy – I’ll pick them sooner next year.

Next, I’ll be looking for something to plant on it for the fall (any ideas?).

“(They) brought beds, basins and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”” 2 Samuel 17:28-29

This passage occurs when King David and his followers are running from his son, Absalom, who started a rebellion against him. Those who saw their need, brought food and utensils to help them in their trial. Perhaps we can find someone who has a need in their wilderness, and help them (even something as simple as beans may be just the thing in some cases).

It’s Been Showers of Blessing From God

The beginnings of the garden

Each spring, when I finally get around to it, I do get a garden started. Sometimes it may be a few tomato plants and some peppers. This year I decided to fill up all the raised beds I have.

Garden shot in June

And the Lord has blessed us with an abundance of rain – and zucchini & yellow squash, peppers, beans and blueberries. The tomatoes and cucumbers are coming along too.

And I (the LORD) will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase…” Ezekiel 34:26-27