Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tomatoes and Trials in Patience

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Generally speaking, I am not a patient person, there I admit it.  Now I have become more patient since my daughter was born, but I would still classify myself generally as impatient. (Daughter is 4 now)

Even though I am not a patient person by nature, I find myself patient and at peace when it comes to growing things in my garden.  I pretty much just let nature take its course and reap the harvests when/if they come.  I feel closer to God when I garden.  I am still amazed at how perfectly he created this world and everything in it.  The fact that you can put a tiny seed in the ground and it will grow into a huge plant that you can eat still amazes me.

The exception to that is tomatoes.  I planted three varieties this year:  Big Boy, Better Boy, and Roma tomatoes.  It seems like tomatoes take forever to produce.  I have only gotten one Roma tomato and it has been green for 3 weeks.  The plants are starting to flower heavily now, and I sure hope I get a good harvest to make some salsa.  Only time will tell, so I must exercise my patience in gardening and in life.

James 5 : 7-8 New Living Translation
7 Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. 8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

Roma Tomato Flowers

Close up of tomato flower
Here are the three plants all staked up


Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

Your at the right task to teach you patience :o) gardening..Funny where and how God places you in order to "mold".. :o)

Crafty Cristy said...

That very scripture has encouraged me in my gardening this year, too.

Kris said...

Gingerbread - Yep, that is true. His Will will be done, the hard way or the easy way, it is up to us.

Cristy - Yep, it is a good one for gardening and life.

Barbara said...

Gardening has definitely taught my boys and me about patience and delayed gratification.

I think the early intense heat has been hard on the tomatoes this year. I've been told that they won't pollinate right when it's over 75 degrees at night so if the blooms start dropping, that's why. I've also got several friends who have been watching green tomatoes all summer that just won't turn red. I've heard that when it's over 90, they're really slow to ripen. Not sure where in GA you are but it's been over 90 every day around here for a while now. I planted a Better Boy earlier in the season but he didn't make it (gardener error) but I planted an Early Girl a couple of weeks ago hoping for some fall tomatoes. Everybody keeps telling me to hang in there because when it cools off, the tomatoes will get down to business.

Kris said...

Barbara - Thanks for that information. Yeah it is probably way too hot right now where I live. I have a few tomatoes on the plants, but nothing to brag about. Hopefully, the plants will make it to September and start producing more.