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A surprise in every seed

By Penny Stine

I've planted hundreds of seeds. Actually, in the last decade, I've probably planted thousands of seeds, from flowers to veggies, fruits and herbs. I should not be so surprised and pleased every time a seed sprouts and those little green leaves (or maroon, if you're planting amaranth) shoot above the ground, but I can't help myself.

If the seeds don't sprout after a few days, I'm often tempted to go poking around in the dirt, just to see what's happening. I resist the temptation, telling myself to be patient and that the seeds will sprout when conditions are right. I manage to convince myself that the seeds aren't going to germinate, that those carrots will not sprout, that it was too cold to plant the cucumbers or that the birds managed to eat all the beet seeds.

 

 

After planting seeds, I watch a spot, checking every day to see if anything sprouts.
 

 

 

 

Lo and behold, they do... and every time, I'm amazed. Btw, if you're planting carrots, (like the little sprouts in this photo) be sure and water often. I've learned by trial and error (mostly error when my carrots had such lousy germination rates) be sure and water a little bit every day until they sprout. Carrot seeds like to be kept moist. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The funning thing is that I've got plenty of stuff growing in my garden that I didn't plant - or at least that I didn't plant this year. The plants manage to re-seed themselves all over the place, with no help whatsoever from me, like this red mustard.
God has been perfecting this growing thing for a long time. I really should accept that he knows what he's doing.  

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