Gardens and Patience


It seems like the last few weeks have been a time of playing catch-up. The fields are growing and green and the lawn and weeds have also been growing profusely.

We use a push mower; so mowing our farm yard takes pretty much an entire day with my husband and I kind of tag teaming the job. For some reason we kind of have our own “zones” that we seem to be in charge of mowing.

The areas I mow….I tend to bag, so I can use the grass on my garden. I have also been spending time weeding and hoeing and trying to stay ahead of those same weeds  so those weeds don’t take over my garden.

In my last post I mentioned we had a nest of baby bunnies in our back yard…not really too far from our garden! As anyone, who gardens, knows….bunnies and gardens don’t mix at all!

My husband has come up with a wonderful solution and has been making garden panels from 10 foot pieces of lumber and chicken wire. I absolutely love those panels as they are easy to handle and work great for keeping the rabbits from eating the produce.

This has been a strange year for gardening. The winter seemed to last forever so most of my seeds and plants got in very late. We usually get our potatoes in Easter weekend…this year we were an entire month later!


My potatoes look pretty dismal. They came up so spotty and I finally became impatient and took a spade to dig where a potato should be. I discovered that the seed potatoes were rotting in the soil!

I ended up replanting in all those spaces because having potatoes come up late is preferable to weeds taking over that space. Now it looks like I am growing orange flags… least this way I will know where to look for those tiny shoots once they decide to come up.

I found it hard to understand why some of those plants were doing so well and a little ways away the other ones were rotting. There is probably a life lesson there somewhere. Why do some people do wonderful in a situation and the next person does not? Sometimes the answer to those questions…garden and otherwise are not so easy to find.

I have also found that a garden is a great place to talk over life with yourself and with God. For some reason it seems like the perfect place to hold those conversations. I always kind of wonder if it is because it is quiet out in my back yard. The sounds I hear are the little wren irately scolding me, the wind in the evergreen trees and the distant sounds of tractors and equipment in the fields.

There is a slower pace in a garden. Spending time hand picking weeds from around tiny pea and bean plants forces me to slow down and persevere. Time spent in a garden gives me lots of time to ponder things.

I love the end product of my garden…but truth be told…I also love the process of getting to those canned goods. It is time well spent…it is time that is good for my soul.

May your week be filled with things that require patience and may that patience give you time to ponder. May your life also be filled with growth…lush and green…even with a few weeds tossed in!


Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
— May Sarton


The best place to find God is in a garden.
You can dig for him there.
George Bernard Shaw

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25 thoughts on “Gardens and Patience

  1. susieshy45 says:

    I love this story and its lesson. Patience is a virtue and one that I don’t have much of .Especially when I plant seed snd want to see plants in a jiffy.
    Biding on the Lord’s time is a form of worship, because we do not know what will happen( grow) but we know something good will come out( though what, we do not know yet).
    Hope the chickens have recovered from their scare.

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  2. oneta hayes says:

    Good lessons from the garden. My husband put out a few tomatoes. I don’t know how they are doing since I haven’t been out there. He has been pretty busy taking care of my issues as well as his regular routine. I don’t know if he is taking care of them or not. Hope so.

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  3. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    What a beautiful post, Chicken.
    Although I huffed and puffed about your failed potatoes, and having to replant (miserable .. just bally miserable).. I also settled into a garden chair and sat looking on and seeing through your eyes. You were there, for you’re doing the narration (I feel I hear your voice as I was reading) and I felt at home with you and your garden. –

    However … please note well . . . this is not my offer to push the mower! Ohh no ho ho ho. Not on your nelly! Push mowers are for the brave … and daft.
    Thank you for this delight filled post Chicken. Loved it. ~ Cobs. xxx

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Cobs. My husband has a theory on pushing the lawn mower. He can’t figure out why so many people go to the gym after work and then use a riding lawn mower. He figures we can do two things at once….mow the lawn and work out LOL! I almost hate to admit he might have a valid point…..and so we push the mower.

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      • Linda says:

        You can do 3 things. You can do your tanning too and you don’t even need to pay for it.😜 No better time spent than in the garden.

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        I think he’s spot on, Chicken!
        People have all got quite lazy when it comes to every day life in general. Everything is done by machine – even shopping is now something done on the internet – and for some folks I can understand why, but for fit, active people I don’t ‘get it’.

        But … mowing the lawn is a perfect example.
        I totally agree with Chicken Grandad. He’s a wise man is that chap! 😀
        Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    I think I will feel like we are trying to catch up from now until December, but really that’s what this time of year is all about for us. Busy, busy, busy but even busier when we don’t get enough rain and have to spend a lot of time watering. Even though there has been rain in our area very little has come our way.
    This is our life and really what keeps us going.
    I love your rabbit fences – right now our rabbits seem to prefer eating the flower heads (phlox and lilies) out of my prayer garden.
    I too spend much of my time in the garden pondering and praying.
    Our potatoes are doing well but corn and swiss chard didn’t come up well so my husband is putting in more seeds today. He had put in a row of spinach and when it didn’t come up after a couple weeks he decided to put dill in that row – now the spinach is coming up. So much for patience. LOL!
    Love the Mary Sarton quote. Thank you!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I think you are right about being busy till December! We don’t seem to get as much rain as the neighboring towns…but this past week that was okay. We had .08 inches of rain and a town nearby had 6 inches. Around here 6 is a bit to much when it comes so fast.


  5. Anne Mehrling says:

    You don’t have wisteria trying to kill you, do you? When I face that rogue plant in my garden, my mind tends to think of Satan, not God. I’m kidding. The wicked wisteria reminds me to pray about things I can’t control.

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  6. lindasschaub says:

    Gardeners must have patience and it sounds like that is a good description for you. I know there is peace out there in the garden, the soil warmed by the sun, listening to the birds cheep and tweet and tending to a garden is good and honest hard work and you feel all is good with the world. You have conveyed that feeling beautifully.

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