This article was first published in November 2013
Earth-Kind Landscaping uses research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. The objective of Earth-Kind Landscaping is to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles to create a horticultural system based on real world effectiveness and environmental responsibility. Earth-Kind Landscaping Encourages:
- Landscape water conservation
- Reduction of fertilizer and pesticide use
- Landscaping for energy conservation
- Reduction of landscape wastes entering landfills
Individuals using Earth-Kind landscaping principles and practices can create beautiful, easy-care landscapes, while conserving and protecting natural resources and the environment.
Friends, recently, I called for anyone wanting to help transform the landscape of the church “one plant at a time,” and I really meant it. Our church grounds have the potential to become so much more beautiful in color, while using less water and pesticides. Some areas of the grounds could be a teaching resource for our children: a Bible Garden with all the plants mentioned in the Bible.
There’s been a good handful of members who have braved the 7:00AM Saturday morning call. We need to prepare the grounds this winter with some trimming and significant removal of bushes; have a plan for rose bushes being transplanted in late January; (best time to transplant while in dormant stage) and envision what our church grounds could become. The city has worked in transforming Anderson Park (across the street from the church) into some beautifully manicured areas. With some volunteers, some financial gifts for needed soil amendments, (compost, expanded shale and lots of hardwood mulch), the grounds will rival our neighbors over the next two or three years. However, this is no competition on my part. I just believe that God’s house should be adorned outside, inside, and inside again with God’s people. Yes, transformation is gradual at many levels. I am inviting you, creatively-prayerfully, to participate. So I learned a new phrase: “Earth-Kind Landscaping.” The website address is at the bottom of the article for you to browse, if interested.
2015 addition: Covenant Gardens have planted onions, radish seeds will go into soil this afternoon and it is an exciting time to envision a growing season in our gardens, landscapes and other interests of horticulture.
Can you envision a growing season in the church? Can you envision, not what it used to be like, but what it can become? I can. God does. What will be necessary to meet the needs of the church, community and future ministries and missions of the church? Christ calls us to be about his kingdom, loving and discipling…
This Sunday we continue the series on “Things I Wish Jesus Had Never Said.”
Love you folks. Invite others for a blessing.
Shalom + Paz + Pax + Peace