April: Be Sowers

April 15, 2018

Several years ago I learned April isn't the month of Spring for everyone.  It's easy to forget when you live in Las Vegas.  I was traveling to northern Idaho and hit a full blown blizzard in Beaver, UT, only four hours out of town - barely remembered to grab a light jacket as an afterthought on my way out the door.  As the traffic was stalled on the road, I wondered if after coming across my frozen body someone would question, "Now, why is she wearing a cotton top and capris?"  Lesson learned.

In other places April is a good month for planting seeds.  It's a time to think about what kind of harvest you want, too.  Gardens are very obedient and follow the universal law - you reap what you sow.  You can't expect to be eating cantaloupe from watermelon seeds.  

Have you ever planted a garden?  Is it a hobby or are you going for "from farm to table"?  Our beginnings came from what we are taught in our church - to become self-reliant in a variety of ways. Even from the tiniest backyard patio, each spring we have practiced our skills.  

Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives 
if they had their supply of food and were debt-free. 
Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse:  
they have at least a year's supply of debt and are food-free.
-Thomas S. Monson

Nasty winds and our inside bedroom re-do delayed our planting a few weeks.  Mr B managed to get 'er done in fine fashion.  A couple years ago we took out the struggling bushes along the wall, and it seems to be a great place for our garden.  Sometimes if something just isn't growing well, put it out of its misery and design Plan B.
We planted corn, tomatoes, green/red peppers, watermelon - and new on the block, potatoes.
Our pomegranate tree is in bloom.  The peach, pear and apricot fruit is growing.  Something is amiss with our nectarine tree.  Maybe the wind took its toll on the blossoms.
Corn after 3 weeks of sunshine.

This was our bounty last year,
so we have great expectations.
There are some ardent rose-growers in my family tree, and I decided to try connecting to those roots once again.  In the past everything we planted in this particular raised bed never grew.  I guess my roses like it!

If you don't have a flowering Pear tree, you a missing one of the most generous trees to share a life with.  Ours insists on being the first sign of spring in February and the blossoms smell divine!

Beginner Tips for the would-be Garden Enthusiast:  (send us your favorites)
  • Check your growing zone for your area.  It's even possible to have different zones within the same city.
  • Amend your soil as needed.  "Las Vegas:  all the amenities of modern society in a habitat unfit to grow a tomato."
  • Check with your neighbors, join a garden club, or take classes to improve your green thumb.
  • Keep a journal (a regular notebook will do, but this one would be a nice gift.)  We've had some magnificent corn, but Mr B couldn't remember the name of what he planted.
  • Read a good book: Trowel and ErrorRemedies, Shortcuts, and Tips.  Roots, Shoots, Buckets and BootsGardening together with Children
  • OR Pinterest, of course!
While you are considering what your garden will grow, has there been any thoughts of what you would like to cultivate in your life?  Is this a spring time of hope with a new hobby, interest or talent?  Or is it Summer in your life when the scorching sun is testing your resolve to continue the daily diligence required for your goals?  Maybe you are enjoying the rich harvest of months or even years of toil and strife and seeing the desired result come to pass.  Keep on!

As with a garden, there will always be weeds to dig up and cast out to make room for new growth.  It's worth the effort. 

What's in your garden?  We would love to hear about it.


  1. I’m so glad those roses are happy!! Always such a pretty backyard

    1. Thank YOU! . . . for getting them for me.

  2. It all sounds wonderful! We are still trying to decide which is the best option for ways to fence the garden so it is deer and rabbit proof.

    1. Those pesky critters seem so fun to look at through a breakfast nook window. Amazon has a book, "Creating a Deer and Rabbit Proof Garden". And also: https://www.gertens.com/learn/Animals/deer-rabbit-resistant-plants.htm


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