There hasn’t been anything new but steady progress
- Chilis are continuously producing fruit (chilis).
- Sweet potatoes tops are creeping along the ground and are in good condition.
- Eggplants are growing eggplants.
- Okras are big enough to be collected for seeds.
- The taro (Filipino: gabi) have recovered from wilting.
1. “Pechay” failed
The second batched of “pechays” have failed in 2 ways
- I forgot to transfer them in clean lanes. Because of that, some grew more than the others.
- The weeds have overrun the plot, destroying and choking the plants along the way.
2. The eggplants have been invaded with worms
Almost every eggplant I harvested are ridden with worms. My aunt explained that the round type of eggplants are more prone to worms than the long ones. There is nothing to do about it but to spray it with insecticides.
In the course of 4 months, I have learned basic things that can be applied in life. I’ve learned practical things like plowing the land to soften it and planting the seedlings by digging deeper and piling dirt halfway up the plant to stabilize it. I’ve also learned to not underestimate work before trying it. They always seem harder when tried. But over all I learned 3 things:
1. Perseverance – I learned that no matter how troublesome the problem is, I should not give up. There is always a reward to those that persevere as said in Hebrews 10:36. “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
2. Diligence – I also learned that I need to do my best in everything. To work hard, and remember that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24. It always feels good to eat what you have planted and grew.
3. What you reap is what you sow – It is often said that “Do unto others what you want others to do unto you“. It makes perfect sense. If you plant tomato seeds you get tomato, plant cucumber seeds you get cucumber. The same goes with life, someone who sows to please his sinful nature reaps destruction, while the person who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8).
In conclusion, planting taught me many things, but the most remarkable thing is to always do your best in everything; because when you sow the best, you reap the best.
“The man who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.”
1 Corinthians 3:8