Creation Care, 1/17, 2:30 PM

Put those large holiday boxes to good use – in the Gardens of All Saints’ and at home!

Did you know that the care of Creation is a priority of the Episcopal Church? The church is especially concerned about climate change and the negative impact it is having on the poorest and most vulnerable populations on the earth. To learn more, go to www.episcopalchurch.org/creation-care). One of my favorites on the web site is a video from Presiding Bishop Curry entitled “The Jesus Movement: Good News for all Creation.”

There are things you can do in your home, at work, and at church that over time can make a positive impact on Creation. Look for periodic tips in the church bulletin. Are you still letting the water run when you brush your teeth?

Lets talk about a great way to recycle those large cardboard boxes left over after Christmas or if you were unlucky enough to need a new large home appliance this time of year. I’m not talking about the myriad of small boxes from Amazon, but rather boxes at least as big or preferable bigger than a box you would use to move books. Believe it or not, those brown cardboard boxes (not the white cardboard kind) can be recycled into some of the best soil on the planet with enough time and following some easy instructions.

It’s called Sheet Mulching or “How to smother weeds, build soil, and conserve water while also recycling your cardboard and newspaper.” The best material to smother weeds is large pieces of brown cardboard. Cardboard and also newspaper are effective at killing the undesirable weeds and trapping moisture than just wood chips or straw. Cardboard lasts longer than newspaper. The secret to sheet mulching is that earthworms love cardboard and also love to read the newspaper. The worms eat these and excrete what gardeners refer to as “black gold”. We avoid glossy white cardboard and colored newspaper inserts as the ink is not biodegradable; the non-colored pages of newsprint use soy-based inks.

Weather permitting, we will be having a “hands on” lesson in sheet mulching on Thursday afternoon, January 17, at 2:30pm in The Path garden at All Saints’. Bring your large brown cardboard boxes and we’ll put them and you to work. If you would like to try this out in your yard, here is a link with instructions.

Hope to see you in the garden soon,
Mark Robinson, from the “Gardens of All Saints’” team.