I wrote about Spinach and Clover a while ago, and how clover wasn’t growing around the spinach, and it wasn’t. My theory was that something in the spinach stopped the clover from growing near them. Well, it rained again and I had a brand new crop of weeds, and my theory is busted! There is clover growing right next to and around the spinach.
As I’m watching my nice little theory float out of the window, it seems to me that very often we think we know the answers. We have the proof and we can solve the problems life throws at us. Until our theories as busted and everything we thought was a certain way isn’t anymore. Our very foundations are shaken because things that we took for granted or built our lives around fall apart. It could be because of illness, financial crisis or emotional issues. There is always something that won’t work the way we planned it to. That’s when our faith gets tested. What do we really and truly believe in and stand on. Do we have foundations that are strong enough not to crack? Because human beings are really very fragile we can’t rely on our own strength and intellect to sort out every crisis that’s going to come our way. I believe in God. I believe that He sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ to die for me so that I can have eternal life. I also know that when things go crashing down around me, He will be the one I can rely on. The only one. I am not perfect and I can panic and doubt with the best of them, but when push comes to shove, I know where my faith lies.
Anyway, I have killed some weeds (organically) by using a mixture of vinegar, salt and dishwashing liquid. I got someone to dig over the section of ground next to the piece I’ve already planted on. I allowed the weeds to grow and last week I decided they were really flourishing, but they hadn’t produced seed yet. I waited for a warm day and sprayed them quite early. By the middle of the day they had stared to wilt and by the end of the day the leaves were already turning yellow. I removed a strip of weeds from the edge of that patch and dug it over again. I divided it into 6 sections and make little mounds that I planted mealies (maize) on. I’m going to plant beans around them so that they can climb up the mealie stalks and then I’m going to plant squash around them to keep the soil cool and free from weeds. I read that the indigenous people in America did it that way and called them the Three Sisters. So we’ll see if it works in Africa too.
The other thing I’m really excited about is the apple seed that germinated. I can envision the beautiful tree full of lovely apples. I also sowed some nasturtium seeds next to my cabbages. Hopefully they are going to attract the bugs that would normally attack the cabbages. Like a decoy.
This week I’ll try and get rid of the rest of the weeds and see if I can get some beetroot and carrot seeds sown. Have faith and keep smiling!