Here is Cami showing some of the vegetable and herb seedlings that we will plant in our Market Garden (eventually, when spring actually arrives in this frozen clime). Onions, leeks, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and lettuce; sunflowers and marigolds (for insect control); and fennel and oregano have sprouted so far. Lots more seeds have been planted but have not yet sprouted. Lots, lots more seeds like the peas, beans and carrots, are waiting for the garden, in order to be planted directly.
It is appropriate that Cami is in this photo because these seedlings wouldn't be here without her. Despite my own brave words in my last post -- "Fear Not to Sow"-- I WAS afraid. All the gardening books said I needed a sterile seed starting mix and a greenhouse or grow lights. We didn't have any of those things, but it was time to plant anyway. I was anxious. How could we have seedlings, let alone a garden, without anything to grow our seeds in?
This junco reminds me of Jesus' words recorded in Matthew 6:26, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" It feels right to play our part in the Father's provision for this little junco by providing the seeds he needs to live, just as Our Heavenly Father provided the soil we needed to start our seeds for the food we will eat later this year. It is a lesson that I hope to remember and that I want to share with you--that no matter what your needs, whether big or little, your Heavenly Father knows what you need and He will always provide. So...fear not to sow.