It’s that time of year. Time to close up some areas of the garden, clean off and prep other areas, and yes, time to plant some fall crops. Actually, I am late in planting my fall crops of collards, turnips, and mustard greens.

Not to change the subject— or anything— BUT… Have you ever tried to grow an avocado plant from the pit? I have tried over and over for each of our grandchildren. Only one made it. Last year I wintered it over in the greenhouse, but it was not loving being in a container, so I planted it in a garden bed this spring.

The grandchild that claims this plant has questioned whether it will make it through the winter if left outside. You do some of the craziest things for your grandchildren.


So—I ordered a mini greenhouse for the Avocado plant (more like a tree now) on Amazon for $50.00.

I know.

I know.

If it works it’ll be a miracle.

Avocado “tree” in the mini greenhouse frame.

My husband bent rebar and hammered it into the ground to anchor the greenhouse.

Then I pulled the plastic cover over the frame. The plant was pretty tall and had to be bent a little at the top to fit, but overall it looks pretty good.

Our newest member of the family, Callie, had to inspect our work. I think she approves:)

I still have marigolds blooming in the garden that I grew from seed in the spring.

I grew the yellow ones from seed, also. They don’t smell like marigolds, but more like roses and the scent is strong enough you can smell it if you are nearby when the breezes blow across the plant. I have a few pepper and tomato plants still growing, but it is supposed to get really cold this week, so I have a feeling these are the last days for enjoying these plants.

The Zinnias are still so pretty. It seems a shame to lose them, but there will always be next year, if the Lord tarries.

The Bible tells us that right after the judgment of Noah’s flood on mankind, God promised, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22

This is so comforting as we face uncertain times. To be able to stop for a moment and enjoy the beauty of God’s world, untouched by war, is an amazing blessing. I remind myself of that frequently now.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 says, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

We can enjoy all that God in His graciousness shows us each day. Even sweet, little, curious cats that love to investigate all you are doing. But the most important thing as we pass through this world is to “lay hold on eternal life.” To—”give diligence to make your calling and election sure” as it tells us in 1 Peter 1:10. The end of that verse says, “for if you do these things ye shall never fall (stumble).”

What things?

The things found in the earlier part of the chapter.

“3 According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance (self-control); and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (love).

8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:3-8.

  • Virtue
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Patience
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly kindness
  • Love

Now these seeds are really what I should be planting right now in my life, as the seasons are changing. After all— He has given us everything we need, by HIS DIVINE POWER, to be able to plant them. (See verse 3)

What changes are you making in this Season of Life?