Creative Tuesdays – Amazing How Plants Grow

Creative Tuesdays – Amazing How Plants Growplants squash  copy

This is the challenge this week for Creative Tuesdays.

Do you have a porch, balcony or even just a kitchen windowsill? Chances are then at some point you’ve likely dabbled with growing plants from seed, potting flowers or even gathering herbs and so on — all the fun found in cultivating a CONTAINER GARDEN of your very own. Show us what you’ve done or what you’d like to see.

I looked back at my pictures of my garden at the very beginning. I planted these squash plants from seed directly into the garden. This year I planted my first vegetable garden in 20 years. It is called a square garden.  There is a fence because we live in wild life country. I have hungry deer and rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and skunks.

Here are some pictures:

First the seedlings.
Then building the garden. Fencing came later.
Now the harvest.

The fruits of my labour – or should I say – vegetables.

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Isn’t that crazy?

From a tiny squash seed comes incredibly large plants and big squash. I find I am in wonder of that. How does that happen. How can all that information for growth be inside that little seed?

I looked up the mustard seed parable in The Message and guess what? it changed to a pine seed. That makes more sense to use in North America.

How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use? It’s like a pine nut. When it lands on the ground it is quite small as seeds go, yet once it is planted it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it (Matthew 3:30-32, The Message).

So looking at the pine seed, squash seed or mustard seed, we see that from small beginnings can come marvelous, incredible results. Jesus is explaining that His Kingdom will grow like that. It may seem slow to us but little by little people are growing in love, and knowledge of Jesus. It is hard work.

And as I think I realize that  my faith has come from one of the 12 disciples. I think about that. How far back can I trace my faith roots? Who came into my life to help me? Where did they come from? I wonder about these things.

But I also wonder about the amazing power of creation – small seeds – big trees. (tweet this)

Thanks again to Michael at Creative Tues who encourages his group to be creative. Even though I don’t like painting plants I found this whole exercise interesting as I studied the tiny sprouts and thought about they became the big squash plants.

Janis Cox


Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


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  1. Such beautifully painted plants and with those shadows, I can feel the sun shining. There is nothing nicer than eating fresh grown vegetables. Your garden brings back memories of my grandfather and his allotment.

  2. Janis, for someone who doesn’t like to paint plants you did a wonderful job. I love the shading behind the leaves. And you sure outdid yourself with your garden. It’s amazing that from a tiny seed sprouts delicious vegetables. Love the verse as well. 🙂

    1. Tracy,
      Thank you. I was happy with the result. I am terribly excited about my garden. It’s not big so my crops are small but so much fun. Are you coming back to Creative Tuesdays in two weeks?

    1. Lissa,
      It’s funny that you mention patience – never thought about that. But since the first time I put the seeds in the soil I have been expectant – excited to see what will happen. It was a real experiment this year – what grows, what doesn’t and I am all ready planning next year’s garden.

  3. Oh how your painting and pictures bring back the memories of my dad’s garden. Rows of every vegetable, rows of grapes and berries, and many fruit trees. We ate so good, and I grew up loving vegetables of all kinds. Shall we call you Farmer Janis….Love your post. Hugs.

    1. Wanda,
      Thanks so much. I haven’t done this in over 20 years but really am enjoying going over to my garden just to see what’s doing.
      Farmer Janis,

    1. Oh yes Christine, fall is coming and my garden is a miracle. I still have peas and a few beans. Lots of kale and waiting for squash to ripen.

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