My favorite vendor at the Farmer’s Market was Ernest. He had the earliest produce. When I asked his secret, he told me he planted lettuce, spinach, radishes and peas during January thaw. If we didn’t have a thaw, he threw his seeds on top of the snow. They would sink down to the mud and the thawing snow would water them.
I saw a similar thing in today’s verse and now understand the phrase, “Cast your bread upon the water.”
Isaiah 32:20, “Happy and fortunate are you who cast your seed upon all waters [when the river overflows its banks; for the seed will sink into the mud and when the waters subside, the plant will spring up; you will find it after many days and reap an abundant harvest], you who safely send forth the ox and the donkey [to range freely].”
“Before sowing, they send oxen, etc., into the water to tread the ground for sowing.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I