President Mickelsen …
… has taught that there are valuable spiritual rewards associated with gardening, even when financial rewards may not be apparent.
Self reliance & Home gardening
President Spencer W. Kimball said: "We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees-plant them … Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard. Even those residing in apartments or condominiums can generally grow a little food in pots and planters. Study the best methods of providing your own foods. Make your garden ... neat and attractive as well as productive. If there are children in your home, involve them in the process with assigned responsibilities· (Ensign, May 1976, 124).
Have gardening questions? Call our Stake Gardening Specialist: Brother Larry Scott
(before 8:00 pm) 801-254-0521
Riverton Utah Stake Relief Society Provident Living Conference
Thank-you to all who participated in the Relief Society Provident Living Conference.
BENEFITS OF MULCHING
Mulching is one of the simplest and most beneficial practices you can use in the garden. Mulch is simply a protective layer of a material that is spread on top of the soil. Mulches can either be organic – such as grass clippings, straw, and similar materials – or inorganic – such as stones, brick ships, and plastic. Both organic and inorganic mulches have numerous benefits.
In a vegetable garden, it is best to apply the mulch after the soil has warmed up in the spring. Cool, wet soils may slow down seed germination and increase the decay of seeds and seedlings.
When applied correctly, mulch has the following beneficial effects on plants and soil:
Mulches prevent loss of water from soil by evaporation
Mulches reduce the growth of weeds, when the mulch material is weed-free and applied deeply enough to prevent weed germination or to smother existing weeds.
Mulches keep the soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, thus maintaining a more even soil temperature.
Mulches prevent crusting of the soil surface, thus improving the absorption and movement of water into the soil.
Mulched plants have more roots than plants that are not mulched.
Organic mulches can improve the soil structure. As the mulch decays, the material becomes topsoil. Decaying mulch also adds nutrients to the soil.
Mulch materials can be your yard “trash” such as:
grass clippings (not treated with herbicides)
aged animal manures (horse, chicken, cattle)
Basic Rules for Home Storage
Rule 1: Store what you eat, and eat what you store.
Rule 2: Rotate your food supply. Eat the old and replace with new food.
Rule 3: Whatever you store, insure it is as nutritious as possible.
Rule 4: Take special care to preserve your food supply.
Rule 5: Learn to grow a garden now before any hard times come.