Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gardening... by God's Word

 And behold, all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me.  Moses 6:63
But ye are commanded in all things to ask of God, who giveth liberally; and that which the Spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all holiness of heart, walking uprightly before me, considering the end of your salvation, doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils.   D&C 46:7
ALL things bear record of me and in ALL things ask of God...  What is there that ALL doesn't include?  What awesome evidence that we have a Creator who takes individual interest in each of us, even in the minutiae of our every day.

But I never thought to ask Him for gardening advice.

For a long time I've been fascinated by the scriptural references to gardening and that Adam, the first man, was placed in a garden and left to tend it.  Also interesting is that neither weeds nor the declaration that sustenance would be gained "by the sweat of your brow" come until God has banished Adam and Eve from the garden as a consequence of their transgression.  I've been awed at how much like our own the veins in tree leaves are and that they have the same purpose of carrying water, nutrients and other enzymes from the core to the extremities.  I've made correlations in the natural patterns of growth, decline, death and renewal between nature and our Lord and even our own mortality.  I've sung hymns in Church denoting "All the Earth's a garden sweet."

And still it never occurred to me to ask Him how to best grow my garden.

Happily not everyone is as dense about that as I am!  Thankfully my paths crossed someone else who'd seen the video Back to Eden and I was intrigued enough to follow their link and watch the presentation.  I jotted down 19 more scriptural references to support this method of gardening during the 3 times I've watched it in the past couple of days.  Paul Gautschi's method makes sense logically, scientifically and scripturally.  And it seems to me that it would be a whole lot less physical labor to care for a garden this way.  It's seriously made me rethink how I'm going to do things in the future... not the layout so much as the methodology of it.  This just makes sense!

I urge you to grab a notepad and watch, too!!  From the Back of Eden website you can either watch the movie or buy a DVD.  Watch it more than once, really ponder what he says and then let's talk about it.  I'd love to get a dialogue going here with thoughts and experiences so we can all experiment and learn together!


Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy, this post had me smiling :D!

Another second source (after The Creator, of course) I read before viewing the Back to Eden doc. is "How to have a green thumb without an aching back" by Ruth Stout. It is an easy read. She may have been one of the pioneers of mulch gardening.

Even tho we mulched in the beginning, naturally it was my dh's instincts, we eventually began growing so much that the mulching kind of took a back seat and well we reaped the consequences....weeds, weeds, weeds and shabby looking produce. So we can testify if you turn over the ground you must cover it back up.

Kathy Burton said...

I will definitely be checking that book out! I know the way it is, I have weeds. Millions and millions of Pig Weed sprouts! But I still get beautiful vegetables in an abundance far beyond what I can use. Sometimes I work even harder giving the extra away...