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Building the soil

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” — From the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13.

Soil makes all the difference when it comes to growing a garden. I’m finding this out the hard way as I experiment with my own garden. First the soil needs to be broken, the pH  adjusted, and then you need to add fertilizer. But the toil doesn’t end there. Then comes the watering, the war on bugs, and the never ending process of weed control. However, if you stick to it and don’t lose sight of the end goal, the harvest is well worth it!

This year I’ve decided to really work on building up the soil in my home garden. One of the ways to do that is by growing peanuts. Its a natural way to restore much needed nutrients to your soil. After much research into peanut growing, I came to realize that in Middle Georgia many folks don’t bother with peanuts because they need loose, well drained soil. And if you have ever taken a shovel to the dirt around here, then you know how hard the soil can be! However, I’m bound and determined to make this work.

Again, after much research I found that building raised beds is the way to go for determined home peanut growers with clay soil. It really didn’t cost that much for the materials — a few landscaping timbers and some potting soil. It did take some blood, sweat, and tears though. But the end result was well worth it, the soil was nice and loamy and ready for peanuts, which my girls and I then planted.

Afterwards, I was thinking about my little home project involving peanuts. How often do we as Christians try to plant the seed of the gospel in those around us? We come across many soil types as described in the parable of the sower. But how often do we try to sow our gospel seed, see it hit unreceptive soil, and then walk away saying we tried? Or do we come back and try to work with the soil, bit by bit adding nutrients, adjusting the pH, and even adding a little compost.

Soul winning can be a hard task. It may take months or years to see the fruit, but if you are in a situation where the “soil” isn’t quite ready to grow spiritual fruit — may I encourage you not to give up? Work with the soil you have, build it up over time, put a little blood, sweat, and tears into your crop. It makes the harvest much more sweeter!

POSTED ON May 9, 2012,

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