Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Good Seed? My new Experiment

 28 Now, we will compare the word unto a aseed. Now, if ye give place, that a bseed may be planted in your cheart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your dunbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to eenlighten my funderstanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
 29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
 30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
 31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own alikeness.
 32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.
 33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.  Alma 32: 28-33

There are natural laws that when obeyed, can produce wonderful results. Thus it is with planting seeds.
My latest gardening experiment this year is collecting seeds. I decided to let some of my lettuce bolt....or begin to flower, thus producing seeds. (they are the plants in the front with the purplish tips) When lettuce bolts, the leaves get really bitter and they are really not good to eat. When the heat arrives here in the desert Southwest, all my cool season veggies begin to bolt and that's the end of that season!

So this year, I decided to allow some of the plants to go through their natural cycle of bolting, flowering, and producing seeds.  When the flower dries, you have a tiny pinch of seeds!  It's like a miracle! So I collected a small jar full of tiny lettuce seeds to be experimented upon next fall when it's time to sow the next crop. Here's hoping these tiny seeds turn out to be "good seeds."

BTW-this does not work if you have a hybrid plant. You will get seeds, but you never know what kind of plant you'll end up with-


Granny J said...

I can't believe you actually got to the blogging today...you amaze me. My husband suggested I spend an hour and a half working on the house. I asked him why he thought I hadn't done that...that's when the trouble started. Just kidding. It looks like you got to check off a few items on your "to do" list. Good luck with the seeds. I understand it takes two years to get carrot seeds...can anyone confirm this?

Amy said...

This is the coolest. I can't wait to see the end result.