Sweet Corn Growth Watermelon WagonWatermelons and sweet corn… now that’s a combination about as American as baseball. The downside? Well, our sweet corn is turning out to be more like the Kansas City Royals rather than the Yankees or some other team with deep pockets. Why? Poor soil and bad timing. It wasn’t really the plan to plant sweet corn this season, it just kind of happened. That’s true of most things around Watermelon Wagon Farms- they just kinda happened.

You see, Brian Schaeffer, area director of Platte County YoungLife, kept telling stories of his grandpa’s 4 row corn planter and how they used to grow sweet corn. In a certain way he challenged me that it would be a good fit for our garden/field. I liked the idea of working the ground over with a old fashion tractor and 4 row corn planter, plus I’m not one to really let a challenge go… so we planted sweet corn.

At first my wife and I planted by hand-that was hard. Then we planted some more sweet corn using a tractor and two row planter-that was easy and fun. Then it rained. Then I wasn’t able to spray in time to control the weeds. Then I learned the soil didn’t have any nitrogen. Then I learned there were bugs… and so on.

There’s a ton of things we would do different in hind sight. My futile attempts to grow sweet corn this year really remind me of the parable of the sower in Matthew 13.

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

There’s times when I have had to personally experience something to learn from it. There’s other times when I’ve been able to watch and learn from others. This can be spiritual things or just life things. I knew what it would take to grow sweet corn and receive a beautiful harvest, but I didn’t do it. I appreciate how clear scripture is for us regarding the things we should do or shouldn’t do.

In view of the parable of the sower, I would like to think I’m “good soil,” but there are times I can relate more to the seed described in verse 22.

22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

I get trapped by life or caught up in self inflicted rhythms. Rushing to meetings and hanging onto “to- do lists” rather than the Holy Spirit. It’s those times when I really feel unproductive and it’s hard to see any real fruit in what I do.

I’m grateful that God is gracious and patient. I’m confident He’ll draw near to me as I draw near to Him. If I’m lucky, I might even get a taste of some home grown sweet corn and watermelons. If not, I’ve still got a beautiful sunset to watch over the rows of the corn and the watermelon patch.

Watermelon Wagon Farms Sweet Corn Results