Day 167-Thankful for our tiller, my husband, and God preparing our hearts to plant a beautiful garden!

Saturday morning was cold, after having reached near freezing, but by afternoon it had warmed up and had become a beautiful day!

It was a perfect day for tilling the garden.

The strawberry plants already have blossoms, and I’m already harvesting asparagus. But the rest of the garden needed to be tilled before we can plant anything.

We had a healthy “crop” of chickweed that I wanted to pull first. Fortunately, I was able to get most of it out before it was time to till.

My husband got the tiller out and got it started. Then we took turns making sure the soil was all broken up and ready to plant.

I so appreciate my husband’s strength and expertise at getting the tiller started and maintaining it each year. I never have been good at starting machinery that requires yanking a chord. If it doesn’t start in 3 yanks, I’m done!

I was actually surprised that I could handle the tiller since it is so big and heavy. But once my husband gets it into the garden and makes the first pass, it is more just a matter of guiding it as opposed to pushing it. So, that’s not too hard.

So, the garden is tilled; now to plant!

On a side note, did you ever think about how sometimes God might have to pull weeds and till in our hearts to make the ground soft and right for planting seeds of love, joy, peace, and so on, a beautiful garden? Just a thought, but I think it would be an unpleasant experience with a beautiful goal in mind. Perhaps if we work together with Him, the process will be more pleasant and satisfying and get done in a more timely manner. Don’t you think?

Today I’m thankful for a tiller to prepare the ground.

I’m thankful for my husband’s strength, expertise, and helpfulness at getting the tilling done!

I’m thankful for a yard big enough for a garden and for the garden itself!

And I’m thankful for strength to do this work.

I’m also thankful that God works on my heart to get it ready for planting a beautiful garden!

What about you? Do you have a garden, or have you ever had a garden? If not, are you interested in planting one? Are there tasks that you and a family member do together that bring the satisfaction of a job well done? Do you tend to work together with God or fight Him (or a little of both) in the process of getting your heart ready for planting?

It still needs work. The purple is violets that need to go. The reddish color is mint, which is out of hand.

13 thoughts on “Day 167-Thankful for our tiller, my husband, and God preparing our hearts to plant a beautiful garden!

  1. How nice that you’re getting your ground ready for planting! We’ve gardened for years, but for the past two years we didn’t for various reasons. I want to this year but hubby is still undecided. I’ve written lots of blogs over the years on lessons I’ve learned as I garden. God teaches me so much as I work with his creation. I look forward to seeing how your garden progresses! Blessings!

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    1. I hope your potted garden does well this year! Haha, I’m not sure about the community part. The vegetables and fruits don’t all come in at the same time. Right now I have asparagus. Strawberries are next up then raspberries and blueberries. I still have to plant the other vegetables, so we will see how they do this year. We should have plenty of apples again, too, if we don’t get too strong of a wind to knock them off.
      Thanks, sister, for reading and for taking the time to fellowship here! 🙂 God bless!


      1. Oh you plant all the things I’ve never planted. Please post pics as you go along. I’ve never planted blueberries, strawberries I have tried on a small scale.
        Good luck with everything.


    1. Thanks! Potted gardens can be really good, too! In my experience, with growing vegetables in pots, you have to water them more consistently because the roots cannot go elsewhere looking for water.
      Today I planted spinach, arugula, romaine lettuce, bibb lettuce, bok choy, and a set of 100 onions.


  2. Ohhhh yes love this time of year…the idea of planting flowers and gardens!! I’m waiting for Walmart to get their tomato plants in!! And then I’ll pick up whatever else I’m after garden-wise. We’re doing a container garden this year for the first time so we’ll see how that goes!

    You’re so right, God needs to till in our hearts to prepare them for love, joy, peace, etc. …we have to be willing to go through the process!❤️
    Love this post Ruth!

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    1. I put in romaine, arugula, spinach, and bok choy a couple of days ago. Then we had this amazingly long, gentle rain. Perfect timing! God is good.
      I imagine your Wal-Mart should have them soon. It may not be quite time to plant tomatoes yet.
      My experience with containers is that they need to be watered more often than in-ground planting. But there are advantages, too.
      Yes, amen!
      Thanks, Alicia! And thanks for reading!

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      1. Oh okay good to know about tomatoes and the containers needing more water!! Will definitely pay attention to that!
        Awesome, love that God did some gentle watering for your garden❤️


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