Redeeming the dirt.

Much to do and so little time…blogging unfortunately is low on the priority list at the moment, but I’ll write a post as soon as I can.

The good news is that my mother-in-law has bought a home here in the same little town where we live and where my husband’s aunt lives.  We are very pleased that she will be near us; she is, after all, 79 years old and we feel better being able to check in on her even though she is entirely healthy and independent, plus we just like being around her.  Having lost her husband (my husband’s father) last year has been hard on her and the move is a bit anxiety-provoking since she and my father-in-law lived in their home in Dearborn for 40 years.  Philip and I do appreciate any prayers for a smooth transition that you offer up on her behalf.

Now I will leave you with some reading I have found interesting recently:

Redeeming the Dirt – Encouraging Born Again Farmers to Pursue God-glorifying Agriculture:

On this blog I hope to help us consider in more detail exactly how God calls us to be obedient in our farming. I want to see Born Again Farmers around the world begin a journey of seeking to glorify God though their farms. I want to see the whole Church rise up and take back agriculture for the Kingdom of God by not only farming, but also by being willing to support Godly farming. I believe this will result in not only the spread of the Gospel of Christ, but also in the most successful farms the world has ever known. Let’s redeem the dirt!

Search a few pages into the archives for some really interesting reading.

4 thoughts on “Redeeming the dirt.

  1. SSM,
    I have commented before [under younggodlywomen] stating that I live an hour or so from you. Beings we have the same climate, I wanted to ask you a very beginner question about gardening.

    I have never gardened before, nor did my mom have a garden when I was young. I see that you started seedlings indoors. Is it too late this year for me to do this? If so, is it wise for me to try planting seeds in the ground or to wait until next year altogether?


    • HI P1W,
      You can still start seedlings, but you’ll just be harvesting somewhat later. Some seeds can be sown directly into the ground around here, usually right around Mother’s Day.

      However, if you are a real novice, I advise you to start small and simple. Have a little garden with a couple of pepper plants, a few basil plants, a couple of tomato plants, and so on. Buy the plants from the store instead of sprouting your own seeds because they will be further along and more likely to survive. After you decided which things you want to plant, look online to check for tips about what to plant next to each other (i.e. tomatoes like to grow with carrots).

      Here is the easiest way to start:

      1. But 12 concrete cinder blocks.
      2. Lay them out in a rectangle in the sunniest spot in your yard.
      3. Line the bottom with old flattened cardboard boxes.
      4. Dump 3-4 large bags of garden soil in. Mix in some compost.
      5. Plant your plants.


  2. Dear SSM,
    Novice is an understatement. 🙂 For some reason, I thought that planting took place in later months. So after hearing some buzz from you and a few others, it suddenly seemed like I was going to miss out on my window of opportunity this year.

    So… I wandered over to my elderly neighbors who used to garden and asked her for advice. She handed me a shovel and told me to remove sod anywhere that I want to plant and to start seedlings inside in a casserole dish and plant them around late may. I have been shoveling all week and have about a 3X15 ft patch for a garden completely dug out and most all areas where I want to plant flowers out front and around the deck dug out.

    I will leave you alone after this but, should I lay cardboard down in all spots that I have dug out, or since I removed all the grass, it that a useless endeavor? The fault lies on me for seeking advice from two different sources on the same day, I suppose.

    Lastly, I will not acquire any cinder blocks or too much soil. Certainly not enough to use exclusively. This is an effort in money saving so I cannot spend during the start-up. Thank you for your answers.


    • Hi P1W,
      You don’t have to “leave me alone” – I love talking about gardening! 🙂

      The cardboard should only be laid in the bottom of raised beds. I mean, the permaculture folks actually do lay it everywhere, but I don’t know if that’s the look your really want to go for in a suburban area; it might make the neighbors complain. So if you’ve dug an area out, I would just plant your seeds or plants right there, though you might want to put some edging around the garden to make it easier to keep weeds out, though that certainly isn’t necessary.

      You will probably want to lay peat moss or straw around the plants or seedlings to help keep weeds down or you’ll be spending way too much time weeding!

      Now, I do want to point out that I bought cinder blocks at the Lowe’s on Zeeb Road in Ann Arbor recently for $1.09 apiece, so they really are very cheap!

      Here are some images I found online of how to make the cinder block gardens in case you ever feel like doing that:

      Keep us posted on how your first garden goes!

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