As the garden grows into full production we are all putting in even more hours than before. This week we not only contend with broken sprinkler pipes, (so hoses again) and weeds, but we now must harvest daily for peak ripeness and to maintain maximum production.
Comically, we all work on different schedules, so for about a week we assumed much, but none of us actually knew what the others were doing. Izzy was giving away surplus at work and the livestock was enjoying some overgrowth.
And then I slowed down one morning this week. Yeah, you’d think I’d have learned to do that more often by now…
Unbeknownst to me Izzy and Cole had been harvesting in the cool of the morning before they leave for their jobs in town – while I’m either keying away or snoozing in my cottage. An hour or so later I’ll unknowingly check the same sections of the garden and then harvest what they didn’t get to. But that particular morning when I put the house dogs back in I noticed their harvest in a crate. Doof!
All this time I was bringing the day’s collection into the fridge in my cottage thinking Izzy knows to check there every day.
Ordinarily, over the weekend and some evenings we girls touch bases or simply chat over a relaxing beverage. I suspect their week away at the Lake put a hitch in our giddy-up so we miss a keystroke here and there.
I had to notice the crate in the main house kitchen to realize we’d do well to tweak our system again.
Eventually this scenario brought to mind one with the apostle Paul and the new believers in Corinth. First, duh – everyone was a new believer in Paul’s day. Similarly this is our first co-op garden experience. We usually talk about what we want to do next and what we’re learning from our agri-expert friends. For a few days we seemed to have dropped our communication signal.
We’re caught up from the vacation now.
“I (Some of us) planted the seed, Apollos (the rest of us) watered it (and weeded), but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthinans 3:6 – 9 (NIV – added paraphrase mine 😉 )