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The Sower Went Out to Sow: Direct Seeding and Transplanting

Edwin Dysinger


Edwin Dysinger

Work on development for Bountiful Blessings Farm




  • December 1, 2017
    9:30 AM
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So I want to begin. With with some we're going to talk about cultivating. A movement I want to begin with some spiritual connections that. Let's let's have a prayer Father in heaven we thank you that you have given us work to do the work in the garden we pray that you would bless as we as we study and learn now we thank you in Jesus' name. So in Genesis $128.00 it says God bless them and God said to them Be fruitful and multiply fill the earth and subdue it and in Genesis Genesis $25.00 it says and there was no man to work or the King James as till the ground. In that speaking about before there was a man. And in Genesis 215. It says The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Again that were working in the key. So you know I said My mind kept going back to those 1st chapters of Genesis and this is 1 of the the things that I was wondering about what does this mean these what are these verses mean in the context of a perfect world. No there there was there was something that God created there was a work that God created man could do but if we're in a perfect world why do we need work. You know it's just. My mind doesn't go that way I don't know how you can but. You know this is where God saw everything and he said it very good and yet there was something man had to do. Yeah yeah. So. You know I believe that God doesn't do anything aimlessly or purposely purposely purpose less leave. He has that he has a purpose in everything he does so if god. Gave man of work to do there's a reason for that what was it. Pardon. Me. Yeah I think I think I think because they're all truth and. They all have jobs you know I'm sure of that. Because it you know just as God you know God created us in His image just as he is not purposeless just as he has everything he does has purpose and meaning just think if God spoke for frivolously what would happen. Well it would be kind of scary when. I mean when when God speaks things happen and we don't just want frivolous you know. You know every whatever God thinks he has purpose so and our words. Have you know we don't we don't have that same creative power that God does but our words have creative power you know that we there are so many stories of you know some kid in school and the teacher calls him a dummy that really has creative power on that kid. And so we have to be we have we have to be careful ourselves you know we are in God's image if God is not frivolous We also should not be frivolous that doesn't mean we don't have 1 and there's a difference there that. You know we need we need to be careful so 1 thing that. You know I was as I was thinking about this 1 thing came to me in that was that when when God created the world remember what it said it in Genesis 12. Earth was. Without form and void so it was it was a kind of a chaos right you know there's not it's not organized and. God came down to this and organized earth and he began to organize it things in order. For the purpose of life. And again in God's image. In terms of us to do that work so I really I have come to the belief that you know when we when we look out if. You call this bush here. We call it quits. OK. All right so if you go out in the Bush. On the on a surface there's a kind of chaos right. It's not organized now underlined there is a there is an order you know God in all nature there is an order but there there on the surface. It's not organizers the randomness to it and I believe that the work God gave us I believe that was the case even in the Garden of Eden. And of the work God gave man to do was to organize that. And our job in organizing that is is to make it more fruitful you know the natural world is fruitful and it does bear fruit. But not on the level that can sustain us easily I mean there are tribes who live in the jungle but they they need a Y. territory to range through in order to in order to sustain themselves off of just the natural land. But for most of us we have a small piece of land you know I think the garden you I don't I guess I I really don't have any idea how big the garden but it didn't fill the whole earth you know God created 2 people out of Eve and he put them over the whole earth but he gave them a garden that they were to manage you know it was something that they were capable of managing and. I feel that this idea is supported. From with a quote in an education that I I really I really like this quote It's from the it's from the chapter on manual training and. Of course this is the book education is written to teachers or people who are educated so. In our labor we are to be workers together with God He gives us the earth and its treasures but we must adapt them to our youth and comfort he causes the trees to grow but we prepare the temblor and build the house. He has hidden in the earth the gold and silver the iron and coal but it is only through toil that we can obtain them show that this is where she's speaking to teachers this is something we're to communicate and share with others show that while God has created and constantly controls ALL THINGS. He has endowed us with the power not wholly unlike his OK Again this is going back to the ideal created in His image to us has been given a degree of control over the forces of nature. As God called forth the earth in its beauty out of chaos so we can bring order and beauty out of confusion. And all things are now marred with evil and are complete yet in our completed work we feel a joy it can to his When looking at the fair earth he pronounced it very good that right. You know when you manage a garden well. It is very satisfying to stand back and look at it as men. In fact I've noticed that there is there is something and I think I think this is true for a for a lot of people but there's something in me that finds a landscape where people are managing the earth in a good way we find that attractive. And I'm thinking of like. You know in America we have these people called on which you have here. I was just I was just wondering why they haven't come here. Is that. Because they. They are. Well you know they they they value large families and so they're just growing by leaps and bounds in the U.S. I heard that they're they're starting a new settlement in the U.S. every every 2 days they're just young because it you know because they're growing and most of the American population isn't you know and I think you know they it's because. They have this connection to nature and to God and they recognize the value of the fruitful Yeah it's a positive outlook on life. Yes We actually have. We have we have several from that background who have who are or Sabbath keepers in our area and we worship with in fact 1 of them he. His his land he was. He was living on a farming land that belonged to his father and. You know he was. A practice shining and so when a that means that the community won't have any relation ship with you if you are out of line and so this family when they when they started keeping south of the community shun them and so nobody could that doesn't mean that you can't talk to them but you can't do business with them and living the lifestyle they live it is very important for them to be able to do business among themselves you know they're they're a kind of a self-sufficient community they needed juggle you know and so he lived there for a number of years in that condition but. At some point I don't remember why his father felt he needed to sell the land that he was on and he couldn't go anywhere in the community because you know he and he didn't have finances to provide his own place yet. And so it just happened that we had. A place at our farm that. Means that he was there for years. So yeah I was I was talking about so I you know Americans are very attracted to going to Amish communities partly I think you know just the simplicity of life and better but also I really believe there's there's this attraction to seeing the land to be managed and people working on it. And it and I think the same for. For example I've been to Switzerland and you have these rugged mountains but to have little farms carved out on them it's really amazing and and in Yemen where we where we lived for 6 years. You know it's on the Arabian Peninsula it's a mountainous country very steep up and down and we were working in an area on the Red Sea to have a plane on the Red Sea and on the mountains come up behind it and we were working in 3 districts from the Red Sea Back to the mountains. And we have a mountain that was in the. Area of the 3rd district that we were working on and the 1st time I went up there I was just my mind was model for for 1 thing looking up at the mountain all you can see is that it's it's just rocks. And we in the in the southwest of the United States we have mountains like that and you just know nothing can live there you know there might be a snake or a tutor you know a few creatures some little rodents or something that nothing can live there but. They told me there were people there and it was just hard for me to believe anyways on the 1st trip up there. 1 thing really amazing was that they had made their road by hand to get up there and it was it was straight down here straight out here just enough room for a single vehicle and it was it was like a. A 3 hour drive in. 4 wheel drive low low 4 wheel drive 1st and 2nd gear yet with this creeping along on home. But we we got about half way up and all of the sudden here's this piece terraces with with mango trees and date palms and. Sorghum growing and services it's just there's life here this is. How does that happen and then when we went on I'm here more it opened up new or more terrorists isn't fields and farms and villages and and all the way to the very very top of the mountain from from where we live we look up at that mountain and there is kind of a square rock on top I thought but that was a house and I went in and I slept there. On the very top and they had they had Springs just a little bit of you know below that house and. It was I asked them how do you get springs on the top of a mountain like this because that this was a mountain that it was kind of by itself it just came up out of the. And they said God put them there. What could I say I guess he must. Be. Yeah so. Really. Hear. The hum. While. In. The hot. Water I mean. Really you know. And. Yeah you know how God created thing. Is really amazing but anyways I I feel that God put this appreciation for you know we're Americans managing the natural world. For fruit or something very very attractive about the. Interesting yeah because those That's the relationships I was talking about again everything's connected like that. So both before and after the fall the work that God gave us to do with the same to organize and manage the garden and the natural world for good fruit both literally and figuratively. This is the menu and it involves the doing and also it's something that takes creativity and imagination now you have a bare piece of land. What are you going to do with it are you going to organize it what are you going to grow you know there's there's some you know every every person is going to that's like a canvas you know you're you're going to make your own picture there and. So you know if if if this labor wasn't what came to us in the fall if that was something that God gave us to do from the beginning then what was it that came to us in the fall. Well just you know when when God gave us dominion he gave us dominion over the creatures and therefore over the plants and so when Eve ate that fruit you know Adam and Eve didn't have. When we're talking about how we have dominion and on this earth remember it's within the realm of God's dominion they were because God created them they are under him his dominion right. And so when Eve ate that fruit she was rebelling against God's dominion is that right and so what happened when when she did that. God put the Dominion that's under us in rebellion against us does that make sense so you know we He's giving us a taste of our medicine. You know. Yes. Yes. Yes. So what so what Cam with. The we. The horns. Swept right. You know so the work was the same but but. I mean that we have the same job to do but but the work changed because these things were added to it there was nothing taken away from what God gave us to do this was added to it. Well I think it was I think it was. Right. So you know to be honest I do not I have not been able to come with a complete picture on what they did but but it was. I feel I can confidently say it was organizing things. And managing things for more fruitful nuts. Yeah yeah and so you know the I think there was decision making you know we need this tree to be here and we don't need these things you know it's. Yeah exactly. You know he said I can't explain how all that worked but I think it had it encompasses those ideas somehow. So you know like I said before God has a purpose in everything he does so when he added these things to our labor there was a purpose for that too and. That purpose was to train us and to discipline us right. And so when I 1st understood this. You know gets quite hot where we live. Like it does in a lot of places here and it's generally quite human. And so would be working out there just like I stepped out of the shower in 100 years drenched and and then it hit me that you know God God that. You will sweat and and so that is God's will for me and so if I'm here in this condition that means I am in his will. And and that you have good. You know. So he's that's his purpose for us and in Hebrews 12 verse 11 it's as for the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant but later. It yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by Had I believe that's God's will for us and so as we work to subdue our garden training and disciplining it bringing it into submission to our dominion for the purpose of fruit so at the same time God is working to subdue our hearts remember we said there's a connection between the land and the heart God is working to subdue our hearts training and discipline in us bringing us into submission to his dominion for the purpose of fruit the peaceful fruit of righteousness that is God's will for us sell. The book about weed control. I want to talk about health of Asian. Earth we do any of you know the difference. Rabies. Actually that the word cultivation House does have a broad meeting to me just working the soil but there is a narrower mean. That's applied to controlling weeds you know that's that's the 1 that I'm working on here. On cultivation Well we don't happens. Exactly happens when weeds are big and. You know when weeds get big. It takes a lot of work to manage. To take them out. That is really true really true we have a sane 1 years CD 7 years we did. So that as that is a really true thing whatever you do you don't want. We to go to see you know if you're desperate you know you just can't get in there to take care of them at a minimal if you see they're starting to had at a minimum take alone were a leader and just move them down so that they have to start over again until you can get in there and actually take take them out you know the thing as they're persistent just mourning over them isn't going to stop them. I've noticed with dandelions and I think always do this you know Bell dandelions will initially send up a long stop with the flour on it but if they're mode constantly they don't do that in warm it's the same plant it's not a different species the same plant will have a little flower below the level that you know. They learn I don't know how they learn. They learn that they can't we can't reproduce that here so we're going to do down here over where we can get by so I think almost everybody. Is going to respond something like that especially. So. Well while we're talking about this there is a there's a concept here that is really significant and that is the concept of a we seed bank. This isn't necessarily the kind of bank that you want to bank on. Back you want to get rid of it that the idea is that. As as we see. The seeds worker way into the soil and especially as the soil is worked it can work the seeds down further but also at the same time it can bring seeds that are in the ground to the surface and so that's why every time you work your ground and get it there. You you've brought up a bunch of weed seeds that are going to want Germany up near the surface so doubt that we'd seed bank can be exhausted if you if you never allow any weeks to go to seed and that is going to take you 567 years something like that out and you know you can you can't control weed seeds completely floaty ended up coming in on animal or in your shoes or you know that they'll get in there but you can you can reduce it significantly but it's going to take time and you have to be on it every year not allowing them to go to seed you know we've been we've been keep that perimeters of our garden mode because you know we don't want the weeds that are close to you know the ones that are close by to get their seeds and. Yeah. So. And there's another there's another lesson here. On the ground. Does not like to be naked. OK if it is always going to try to cover itself if it can I mean the only places where it's naked is where it doesn't rain. Otherwise it's going to try to cover itself and so it's going to be all him to do that and so that's another reason for working with things like cover crocs and mulch is because the earth likes to be covered. In the living living. You know the Traditionally there's been the practice of. Plowing fields in the fall and leaving them fallow over the winter but nature doesn't like that it's not really the best thing you'd be much better off in a lot of ways if rather than leaving it value so to cover crop. And then you'll be a heading from a long way that's. All. You get. Around. Here. While I think. Oh. You know I mean. Why are. Yeah. So. We is dealing with we. Call for vacation is. That have. Germany. The A 1st send out a route and then they and then they send the huge relief you know. If you if you if you get those seeds somewhere between when the sun down the route and when they signed up that. Shoot with the 1st 2 leaves if you can get them sometime in that time period your work is going to be. Easier and this is what we call cultivation OK. Here then. You can get a hole that. You can cultivate a whole garden bed with with a lot less energy expended and. Then have them just you know 2 or 3 well established weeds. Is that's a big difference. You know again a spiritual application on IN THE BIBLE see that's our earth we created with thoughts and ideas you know there was the there was the solar who was sowing. Good seed right. But but not all see it as good in the next parable there was the landowner who had his servants came to him and said who saw the tears in field and he said it was an enemy so you know there's a good store so in good seed and there's an enemy sowing bad seed. In the soil of our hearts you know and. It's just so much easier to take care of seeds those weed seeds in our hearts at this stage rather than this stage you know when they get this stage like you said they might they might have gone to cedar or you know a lot of weeds yet there's a little bit of root left in the ground it grows into another weed we've got a number weeds like that just a little tiny piece of root. Grows into a whole new plant and so you know that's that's another spiritual application. So we call we call The only would. See that this stage we call that the white red stage because of that root going down just like a little white thread and. OK So Bill. When when you're cultivating your wanting. To do it very shallow OK Why would that be. Yeah. We want to we want to. Cut these ones off you know cut them off the roof or or at least expose them. On bring them to the surface but we don't want to bring out. You know we've got that we've seen back again if you if you dig deeply when you're cultivating you're just more sees the surface you're making more work for yourself so if you can just you know we're talking about the top half inch of soil you're not wanting to go. At this stage and you know you you really can do it even before the believe show. You have to take them out and if it is hard work you know you have to. If you remember 1 of the videos we showed yesterday it showed with a shovel just you know scrape in Done right below the surface. And there's and there they have runners under the ground and yeah we have grasses like that too and $11.00 was we called Johnson grass it was it was imported for for flight or you know. I think there's a lot of people that let would like to get their hands of Mr Johnson. Anyways. Those are those are more difficult definitely 1 thing that I like to do with them and we also have some winds that just have a long tap root and if just a little bit of that gets left in the ground well grow so. The best tool I found her getting those out is the speedy work. Because you can put it in the in the you know the are Taproot ones like that and even the ones with the runners if you if you try to pull them out or chop them off you didn't do anything and it looks good for maybe a week. You feel good about that whole week in doing so but if you use a speeding fork and just put it in next to it and loosen the earth then you can pull it out. With those ones they have run or it's going under. All loose in the soil in try to gently pull it out so that I'm not. A runner and then move if I can I'll fall in loosen the soil on the runners going try to get at is much of it as I can that doesn't always work you know some always broke off that's what I try to do. Yes. Yeah. Their ideas that can work you know what I have found for these deeply rooted grouses that. Help runners is that. Well we're going to come to the outlets let's just wait because I have. More to share you know. Where I'm going to. We have some we have some tools that were really good for that and they're not available here except that Rod has a ported. A bunch of tools and I'm pretty sure. I'm going to I mean are they are they demonstrating them right now or are there because I want to bring some over here if I could still Yeah. Yeah that would be great so there's there's 1 called the colinear ho it. Has a lot of Hannibal. And a little piece of metal on the bottom here and. You saw that. This is the nicest jewel for dealing with with this is the best thing it's lightweight and you hold it with your thumbs up like this so it's not back breaking you know you don't bend over you don't need to vent over and you can you can cultivate you know beds and best without hardly breaking a sweat it's just it's really nice you know. You know you can you can do it wish it and pull it both just work around so you know we'll all have our bout that. You know it's really nice with transplants you have your transplants and you can just work around them you know because because this blade. Of the patched here in the center you can have clients here with leaves coming out and you can work right under the leaves and quite easily and and give Yeah yeah so. You can this is with this tool you can do the shallowest cultivation the 1 thing that you have to be aware of is that this tool is not strong. And so it is you know usually when you have plants at this stage that means you have a freshly worked bed and so the soil is loose you have to have a new soil for this for this to work if you're if your soil is hard you're going to break a blade trying to you know if you can if you try to do any chopping on weeds with this you're going to break it. It's not made for that purpose in the work. And it's I mean I I'm speaking from experience here. And it's you know it's not a cheap tool and you don't want to break it through your birth or bank so. I think it's something like 30 some U.S. dollars. OK. Great OK so that 1 is good for it out there is another tool for this is called the colinear. There's another tool called the straw poll that. Along. And then. You have the shape kind of like. This 1. Is blue so it oscillates. At the base of the handle. This is this is the blade here. So. You know with this blade is sharp on both sides it's a 2 edged sword OK. And so with this 1 you have to use your Holder this way with your thumb down but you can you can work it back and forth. And. This to me is is the ideal fuel when when you're going to hear. About that size. You can even use it on 1 weeds the size unless they're the kind that you have to dig roots out. But. It's a much sturdier tool and I would. If if you could only afford 1 tool I would probably recommend this 1 because it's going to be more versatile for you least I mean just the reality is even though our ideal is to get weeds at this stage life happens and that doesn't always happen. So you know you're. You're going to be. Probably better off to get this 1 you can only get 1 but at what another does advantage of this too old is that it's not going to it doesn't get under plants quite as easily as this 1 does but. But it's a good sturdy tool and it's not going to break easily now and these Blaise are replaceable you know when they wear out that you know that it takes on our farm over $56.00. Something like that years or you know regular use. Some of those blades of worn out so I mean that they don't they don't wear out quickly. And you can sharpen them yes. So those are those are our 2 favorite. Cultivators now there is that there is another tool called the wheel hold. And when when we. When I showed you the video of the of the bed preparation the bed making. I think my daughter was using using a wheel hoe to clear that we've And that is that that is a really nice tool because you can you can cover a lot of around quickly without 1 so those are some of our favorite cultivation tools. So some some things to think about when you when you are looking to buy a tool. Look look for look for tools that are are sturdy but lightweight OK. You don't really want to have something much more than 2 pounds. When I was in college. Yeah so probably be get out of just under a kilo you know so when I was in college I. Decided I wanted you know I wanted to work overseas but I also wanted to get some farm experience I knew a lot of the people I'd be working overseas with the farmers sell. At that I was in Southern California at that time last year of college how to farm and so I decided to. Work on the farm for a summer and and get some experience and as well as take some classes so I told the the director of the Course what I was wanting to do was wanting to you know prepare for going overseas so he peered me up with that with an older Cuban gentleman and. This man must have been in his late fifty's or sixty's I'm a young college age you know so he I don't remember the 1st or 2nd day he took me out to. Weed he had a bunch or melons like. Cantaloupe melons and things like that. And so we started cultivating around these melons the tool that he gave me was was a you know a traditional Oh like. You know that the big kind of a square plate and you have a mental model of the height. And. A value. By that by the time lunchtime came around. You know this guy was working and you know like I said he's an older gentleman I mean I'm a young kid and I could not keep up with him I could not keep up with him but I was trying and by the time lunchtime came around. I I went inside and just sat down at a desk and just looked at my lunch I was too exhausted to even eat. I was this wiped out. Anyways. You don't want to replicate that if you can. Pardon he did have a lighter when he had a wooden handle but he also you know it was a big you know blade on the in still. Yeah I was a student you know I have been working like that neither of you is accustomed to that. So. Another thing is is to keep your blade sharp you know you mentioned that you can sharpen them that takes a lot of the effort out of work. And then put your tools away clean you know if they start Rusty that they don't go through the soil is as clean and easy as mine and so clean them and then also the handles. If you if you leave them out in the weather there's no bill dry out they'll get brittle. You know so. We like to oil market handles with linseed oil once a year at least and then try to keep them inside under cover for storage so it is the right time now and getting to. Yes. We are going to be more. Well I think if you the ideal thing is to have a place where you can hang them up and you can hang them up then they'll generally. Be over. Yeah. OK so after the break I'm going to talk about different. Measures of weed control there's a bunch of there's a number of different strategies for controlling We will talk about that next. Let's let's take a. I think. We. Are Really. OK. Yeah. OK. I mean yeah I'm not I'm not new to that concept but I am new to the mix of seeds I haven't heard of using Chia like down yes. Yes. This is the superstar of hope. And you can. You can get 3 different sizes of strokes so this is this is the narrowest 1 and you know of course it's now you when you have vegetable planting in in rows really close together but then you can get another I think this is 3 inches. And I know there's a I think of 570. Wrong so you can get different size you know and you know I would go with the medium size 1 of you and on the 1 that. You know. The drill. And it may kill that also it's like out of if it gets the weaves kind of you go booklet so that you you save half the labor of the whole room can only if I'm going 1 way. Yeah that's it's very nice and also you know with that kind of hole you have to lift it up every time you're doing a choppy motion this when you're just it's just a matter of workmanship you know. So that's a that's a labor saver and. This is the call in your whole. And as you see there there are 2 different sizes spread out to an ARM So again this this 1 of this is good for closer Spacey. And this 1. We knew just where. All that like I said with your thumbs up. And then you're just 1 month this. So it's it's very easy to use 1 thing I mean I should say is that this 1 here has a both all of these have replaceable blades so that that is an advantage you know so you don't have to worry quite so much about breaking up. Not only is the plane replaceable that this thing here on top of the screw up if you will usually we're the ones that don't have replaceable legs 1 of the great great here. And so this will will help to prevent it from breaking but that the disadvantage is. Has to have on the screw in the ground. That collects you know especially if you've got a kind of clay a wet soil it will collect their economy. And so it doesn't it doesn't slide through the the soil as easily and cleanly as the other 1 so there are pluses and minuses. Part of. It. Yeah if you can see if you can well then you can you do that on the other 1. Yeah. I which Sheremet I'm already holding or I would use when we at this stage that somewhere between when the when the 1st group has come out and when the 1st leaves that come to the surface and I want to say I. Want to emphasize that you can do this before you even see any we you can you can take them out. You know if you if you have a clean bed that you just work and. If you if you either water it yourself or it rains on it with then you can know within 10 days to 2 weeks you're going to have these coming up and so you know about 10 days 11 or 12 days after you prepare that soil. Even if you don't see weeds you can go in with a Colyer hole and just work that the top half inch of the soil and you'll take these guys out I've done that before. You know it was only able to get part of the area done and then I had to go and came back a week later. Were it where I had weeds where like this were it has done it there is maybe a scatter weed here or there that I don't have to. Essentially clear so. You can get a beetle for you to see in. This media was brought to you by audio 1st a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more service leave a Visit W W W audio verse or.


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