Well as many of you know we had a bad hail storm on August 10th that wiped out our Winter squash and melon harvest for the year. You would think that by now we would be used to the devastation since the same thing happened last year. But it is still a difficult time. There is a lot of hard work that goes into farming and when you witness the fruits of this labor, so close to harvest, be ruined…well lets just say it is a humbling experience . What can we learn from this? This is what I ask myself in an effort to grow through the process of disappointment. It is interesting to think about how much these plants need their green foliage to grow and to ripen. Once the leaves were destroyed by the hail the life line to the plant was cut short. The leaves take up energy form the sun and this energy is what the plant needs to ripen. The leaves also work to shade the plant from the direct sunlight, without them the fruit gets burned.
As you can see in the picture above the beautiful Winter Squash is now exposed and not protected from the sun. It is amazing to me how we take so much for granted. These leaves are so essential for the growth of the plant just like food, water and air are essential for us.We are sad that we lost so much, however there are many plants that have totally recovered from the hail. This picture taken of the confetti chard is no longer a sad memory because it has totally recovered and looks even better than it did before the hail storm (I will post a current picture soon for you to compare).
We have also been very blessed to witness the amazing sky after the hail storms come. We know that in the end this is God’s garden and we trust that He knows what we can and can’t handle. The beautiful sky after the storm gives us hope for tomorrow and for next season.