First peach of the season

When You Garden You Grow

“Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce.” Proverbs 3:9

Here on the urban homestead, our connection with the land and caretakers of creation we celebrate the blessings of First Fruits.

A Backyard Analogy

“Most simply stated, “First-Fruits Giving” can be likened to picking the very first ripe, red, juicy, Jersey tomato of the season off your vine and offering…  to the (Creator) who brought it forth from seed, with praise and thanksgiving for all the harvests of the past and with a sure confidence and faith that before the season is over, your vine will yield an abundant crop.” — New Jersey Synod Resource 4 Development Team 2003

Gardening is not a solo job – you rely on a realm beyond your understanding and faith that hard work will bring forth results.   But there’s more to that than dirty fingernails and sore backs.   It’s about giving back and we implement that practice by “tithing” our first fruits, returning them to the soil from which they came.

Gardening brings us a certain appreciation of our place here on earth, rooting us to the fact that “by the sweat of our brow” we “reap what we sow.”

How do you show or share your gratitude?


  1. Krešo says:

    That is just sweet!

    Those are early, mines are green and tiny… 🙂 (Europe is stil cold)

    • Anais says:

      @Krešo: Hope SPRING has come?

  2. Joy Giles says:

    Oooo, I can just taste it. Here in Texas our peaches really hit their mark in June. Thank goodness frost and hail didn’t get them this year. Looking forward to making some jam. On another positive not we even had three-fourths inch of rain this weekend. Most appreciated as we are in an exceptional drought area.

    • Anais says:

      @Joy Giles: I heard about the dire conditions in Texas, praying for RAIN for ya’ll

  3. Anne Howe says:

    I am quite happy to share some of my produce with the other creatures such as birds in the garden who help me in turn. I leave some plants to flower so that beneficial insects can use the pollen that would otherwise not be available. Sharing the harvest with friends is another way to enrich everyone’s life.

    • Anais says:

      @Anne Howe: Lovely, thanks for sharing!

  4. Deb says:

    The plan this year is to give produce to fellow teachers who cannot garden their own food. I work with distance learning students from home. They are stuck in a different kind of classroom all day. God put this on my heart when I wondered how they could survive all summer without a garden.

    • Anais says:

      @Deb: How wonderful! What a blessings.

  5. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, my plan is to alternate one bed for now to lay fallow every 7th year. So far I’m into year four so I have a couple more growing seasons before I start that biblical law about the land. I will probably sow something that will rejuvenate the soil during that year.

    Have a great California garden day.

    • Anais says:

      @Nebraska Dave: Wish more folks would follow the fallowing practice. Makes sense. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods

  6. 2Tree says:

    So profound it is to acknowledge the creator in offering up your first fruits. To give thanks and praises for the life given from the seed!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration once again, and will remember to keep this as a commandment to offer my first fruits!!!

    • gina says:

      I’m starting a garden down the road in los angeles. I know you get so much out of your small plot. How close do you plant your tomatoes? And other vegetables? What is the secret to such productivity? they say you should space place a foot apart.. but that takes up so much land. Please share! Thanks!

      • Anais says:

        @gina: We plant our tomatoes, eggplant, squash about a foot apart. Beans a bit closer 6″ or so

    • Anais says:

      @2Tree: You are welcome. Thanks for the comment Blessings to you

  7. Blythe says:

    We’re still waiting to do most of out planting. It has been very wet and my garden is mud. I did get some things started in a couple of boxes we made.

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