A blustery Mitchell Family Farm greetings!
|Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Psalms 127:1,2 NASB
While I am a very slow learner at times it seems (I must have the Lord remind and repeat the lesson for me often sometimes) the Lord is faithful and has compassion on me. The psalmist’s wisdom is so true but I have a tendency to get in a hurry and see all the things “needing” done and forget at times that this life’s things don’t matter nearly so much as seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness. If kept in perspective, He has promised us that all the other needs we have will be supplied by Himself. So, reminder to self, work hard yes, but remember to keep focused on the heavenly and not the earthly and then the Lord will build the house, guard the city and supply my every need.
Whew! There have been several nice, calm, peaceful days since the last update, but lately the wind has picked up so the saying very well may be true once again that March will come roaring in like a lion! I was so very thankful Dad and I were able to get the big hoop house’s plastic film on during a beautiful, calm morning. The Lord helped everything to work just right and by the end of the day we had pretty well everything completed on the project including having the plastic clipped to a pipe so we can have roll up curtain sides! While roll up sides were the original plan I’d never gotten around to putting them on last time!
G-Jean and I had a full morning of planting and transplanting one day as well! What fun and blessing it is to be playing in the soil again and preparing things for this coming growing season! I am really looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store! Two varieties of broccoli, three varieties of cabbage and lacinato kale are now transplanted. Our second planting has more broccoli, cabbage and lacinato kale with the addition of about six varieties of lettuces (romaine, butter crunch and leaf types) Swiss chard, experimental early peppers and tomatoes, pac choi and trial planting of edible chicory.
There were a couple more small sections of garden that were dry enough that I could work the ground lightly to eradicate some weeds and till under the winter wheat in areas we’re wanting to plant. Lord willing it won’t be too much longer before another section in the black dirt garden is ready to till so that we can have it ready to plant. That black gumbo clay actually grows some types of crops better than the red silty clay loam garden, but it’s hard to work with as it seems to always be either sticky and wet or rock hard! I need to increase the organic matter in it a lot then it would be much more garden and gardener friendly!
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Lucy didn’t do very well this time and is only raising one piglet. She should be breed back now and Lord willing will raise more little piggies this next time. Their winter quarters are looking a little barren now, but Lord willing they’ll have some good pasture to go out on soon!
Until next time may you have a blessed coming week!
Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell Crew
Bloom report: Some of the plants in the back green house including this bougainvillea are beginning to bloom!