Blog: Mighty Wind, Mighty Spirit
Many factors make edible gardening in Oklahoma difficult. Obviously, our weather presents some problems. Plants can generally adapt and withstand our very hot summers and even our cold winters, but it is the drastic changes over short periods of time that seem to be so hard on them.
When temperatures are in the 80s one day and in the 40s the next, it’s tough. And, in Oklahoma, it’s no exaggeration!
Another challenge, and often even more damaging than the temperatures, is the wind. If there’s one thing we don’t miss, it’s wind! For the past several years, Oklahoma has been ranked among the 10 windiest states in the United States.
The wind is a powerful force! Since most edible gardens are made up of smaller plants (with the exception of fruit trees and berry shrubs), they can be damaged very quickly by punishing, drying winds.
For this reason, it is important to think about how you are going to locate your growing areas, so that they are protected. It’s a little harder to do with a traditional row garden, but if you use raised beds or containers, you’ll have better options. Planting edible plants in existing flower beds around your home or creating a row garden near a sturdy fence or shrubs that have formed a hedge are good options as they can act as a windbreak.
Before building or siting your garden, take a few days to observe and see how the wind tends to affect the areas you are considering. You’ll likely notice that some areas of your yard or patio feel like a wind tunnel, and others are less windy and more sheltered. It is in these areas that you will want to build first.
Since edible gardening typically requires six to eight hours of full sun, you’ll need to be careful not to sacrifice the hours of sunlight needed just to have a windbreak. In the effort to solve one problem (too much wind), you don’t want to create a different problem (too much shade).
You know, the wind is an interesting factor. If it’s raining, we can see where it’s coming from by looking at the clouds and then make adjustments. If it’s scorching hot, we can see the source by looking at the sun and again we can adjust things. With the wind, we can never quite put our finger on where it is coming from or where it is going, and it is constantly changing. Still, we can definitely see its effects.
In the Bible, the Spirit of God is compared to the wind. He is the third person of the Trinity and is very powerful. He is God! According to Acts 2:2, when it was given, it came like a rushing, rushing wind.
“And suddenly a sound like a strong wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.”
When the Spirit moves, we cannot see Him with our physical eyes, but we can certainly see the effects of His presence.
Just as we can see the effects of the wind in our gardens as it swirls leaves, overturns pots, and bends stems, we can also see the effects of the Holy Spirit in our lives. They are people who demonstrate the characteristics of God and their lives bear the fruits of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, kindness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23 ).
I love this quote from Charles Spurgeon: “It is a remarkable fact, known I dare say to most of you, that in the Hebrew and Greek languages the same word is used for spirit and for wind… It was intended, no doubt, to be a very close and intimate parallel between the Spirit of God and the wind, otherwise the great Sovereign of Providence, who invisibly controlled the confusion of Babel, would not have fashioned the human language of so the same word should represent both. The tongue, as well as the nature, illustrates the wisdom of God.
May the powerful effects of the Oklahoma Wind be minimized in your garden and may the powerful effects of the Holy Spirit be maximized in your life.