In the Bible, we read of God creating a garden. Perhaps we are closest to God in a garden. This column will share garden-related stories. It may include information on starting a church garden or a backyard garden. At other times it will provide information on what to plant at particular times of the year. When produce is plentiful it will provide information on how to prepare and preserve it.

Short & Sweet Strawberry Share 2014

May is National Strawberry Month. Find a farm near you and enjoy fresh berries. You can’t beat the taste and flavor of local berries. For those of you in North Carolina, consider participating in “Short & Sweet Strawberry Share 2014” and you could win $500. Actually, the idea behind “Short & Sweet” works no matter [...]

May 7th, 2014|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|

Cooler Months Perfect for Planning

The cooler months are the perfect time to plan a garden. Even though spring officially starts in late March, we’re still experiencing some cool weather across the country. Take advantage to do some last-minute planning before the weather beckons you outdoors. Gardening is such a hopeful act, one that can bring us nearer to God [...]

March 5th, 2014|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|

Benefits of Community Gardens

Community gardens provide numerous benefits. If you’ve been involved in one, you have experienced some of them. One of our features, “This Garden Grows Community,” about a congregation in the Oakley Community of Asheville, North Carolina, shares some of the benefits they have experienced. We are heartened to know there are many more examples out [...]

March 5th, 2014|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|

Spring Garden Checklist

Plant small fruit plants such as blueberries, grapevines and fruit trees before buds break. Set out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, head lettuce, carrots and other cool-season plants in mid-March. Plant seeds for lettuce, carrots, beets, spinach, radishes and peas. (You can grow cool-season crops in the spring and the fall.) Start warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes, [...]

March 3rd, 2014|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|