It's not quite time to plant a garden here in Tennessee, yet. My neighbor actually swears you shouldn't plant anything until May 1st, but we don't always hold to that rule because I get in too much of a hurry. But April has proved his point this year, giving us weeks of glorious 70 and 80 degrees and then dipping down to freezing several days later, forcing us to pull out long sleeves once more.
Even though I haven't been able to plant anything yet, I have been able to prepare the space for the seeds and plants we'll put in there soon. So, every pretty day, we go out, and I remove a few weeds, add a bit of dirt, mix in the compost, etc. Well, much to my surprise, early in April, I noticed something.
Last fall, when we had our huge pumpkin harvest, a few of the pumpkins had been left behind because they were starting to rot before we could do anything with them. They sat in the garden all winter, decomposing and decaying, and now, my garden is full of scattered pumpkin seeds.
Just because the pumpkin itself was rotten, it didn't mean the seeds were bad, let me tell you. Because I have several tiny little plants coming up that look like volunteer pumpkins. My husband groaned when I informed him, mostly because he hates mowing around the vines. But volunteer plants never bother me. In fact, in my experience, they sometimes do better than the ones we plant on purpose.
You just never know where they'll pop up or what you'll get from them.
And that led my mind to thinking about other seeds I plant. I honestly have no idea how many people read my blog each week. I know what the website tells me, but I don't completely trust their numbers. But I know, as a Christian, I am supposed to be showing God no matter what I do and where I go. And I hope I have done that well enough to have dropped a few seeds along the way. They may never do anything. But some might.
Have you ever had a volunteer plant come up in your garden or yard? Have you been dropping other seeds along the way?
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