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Upon coming home from our road trip, we found our lettuce barrel was full of vibrant lettuce.
I was delighted to see this because I had been harvesting lettuce daily before we left by cutting leaves with gardening scissors rather than pulling out the entire lettuce plant as I had done in years past.
By using this “cut-and-come-again” method of harvesting, more leaves continue to grow and continue to grow, giving an abundant yield from one plant.
I wanted to tell you about this, not only as a gardening tip, but as a basic lifely principle. When we take resources in such a way as they can continue to grow and produce, then we sustain the availability of those resources. When we harvest in a way that eliminates the resource altogether, that’s the end of it.
This applies to lettuce and forests, and even money. Even relationships. Thoughtful harvest keeps life growing.