Do not despise small beginnings

Plant sales and stewarding.

Zechariah 4:10 10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet (plum line) in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

macro photography of green leafed plant
Photo credit: Lavi Perchik from Unsplash, basil
person watering plant
Photo credit: Markus Spiske, Unsplash

I attempted my first garden last summer. It failed in a spectacular fashion. We ate one teeny tiny lemon cherry tomato from a plant that I purchased from a local nursery, and a handful or cherry tomatoes from a plant I bought at the grocery store. So of course this year I am starting my plant sale business. Makes sense, right?

My desk is covered in seedlings; lavender, basil, lemon balm, thyme, and a few Morning Glories. I went to pour the thyme seeds into the soil discs and they JUMPED off the lid I was using to spread them, scattered throughout the container, and I’m sure many will be sprouting up in unintended places. I have also begun to propagate several succulent plants.

Why plants? I needed a side gig. Our city has a few plant nurseries here and there but several converted into pot shops when marijuana was legalized. I thought growing plants would be a great side gig because although our city’s population has grown- places where you could buy plants has dwindled. Also, I just found out how, Baker Creek Seed, Co got its start.

Jere Gettle always had a passion for growing things, and at age 3 he planted his first garden. Ever since, he wanted to be involved in the seed industry. So in 1998, at the age of 17, he printed the first Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog.He also began collecting seeds at a young age. Now he and his family run the largest heirloom seed co in America. Not bad for a ‘small beginning’.

I want to grow everything! I was never super into plants in the past but two things happened in my life that changed all of that; 1. I became interested in botanical art, and nature journaling. I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens and took a couple of art classes. Walking around the gardens was inspiring. My mother and grandmother both had gardens when I was growing up. In my childish child’s eyes it seemed like a waste of time. Who would want to spend all of that time in the hot sun weeding or getting rid of insects that were eating your plants? Now I’m facing my own gardening issues (deer!) and I’m loving the challenge.  2. I converted to Orthodoxy. Yes, when I was a Protestant I read my bible and of course saw that people were living off of the land. Orthodoxy has a different perspective than what I saw when I was not Orthodox. There is a big emphasis on stewardship and being part of the natural world instead of a tourist in nature. When I began exploring other ways of being a Christian, I spent a great deal of time researching Amish life… no joke. I studied how Amish women made money without heading into corporate life. Many baked, quilted or sewed, and sold what they made, while still others had produce stands (a dream of mine if I can keep the deer out of my yard) and nurseries.

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Photo credit: Megan Thomas, Unsplash.

I began researching; growing, and selling, plants. I went from wondering if I could do it to spending sleepless nights dreaming of how to make it work.

In case you have not yet noticed, food is expensive and it keeps going up. Growing food is a ‘God thing’. I actually dislike saying such things but when you look in the bible, you see so much about agriculture. God is a gardener. He made the biggest ‘garden’ ever… the world.

I urge you to do what you can to grow what you can. Research square foot gardening, or straw-bale gardening. Being able to grow food, store your own seeds, feed your family, and those in need around you, is going to become a big deal very soon.

Genesis 1:12 ESV  The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

James 5:7 ESV Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.

2 Timothy 2:6 ESV It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

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St. Tryphon;patron saint of gardeners, birds, and the harvest. Does that not look like a ginseng plant he is holding?

Has a ‘small beginning’ been occupying your thoughts lately? For a while now? What are you waiting for? You’re not getting any younger or any richer by putting it off now are you?

Sit down and write out what you need to do to get going on your, long put-off, dream you just can’t seem to forget. Start accumulating the things you need to get started. If that means saving money then do it.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.