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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What My Garden Trash Has Taught Me: Humility

It is mid-summer, and the Brussels sprouts are surviving the heat just fine. This is my first year to grow them, so I could attribute their faring so well to my own historic garden know-how...or not. The more one studies, the more one knows, right? On the other hand, the more one knows, the more likely one is to sit in the dregs of a heady cup of pride. But if one is diligent enough to continue studying, one realizes that "knowing" comes with much contradiction, keeping pride in its cage.

For instance, if I want these lovely little sprouts to continue on into the fall, I must help them weather the days of extreme heat. One school of thought says use the lower leaves as they die away and you break them off to serve as a mulch to keep the soil cooler around the plant. Sounds reasonable. On the other hand, ground clutter--even the wood timbers that surround my little garden--invite slugs and snails, which can devastate your garden plants.

Incidentally, if you have a slug problem, here is a great article for dealing with it:

So the old adage proves true: the more you learn, the less you realize you know. Common-sense certainty is replaced by gracious uncertainty, as Oswald Chambers puts it--albeit not about gardening, but the beauty of the tenet certainly shows up there!

The end result: trust and hope fill the void left by pride's exit. May we all have gardens offer such beneficial produce!

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