Many Church members live in apartments or small homes with no yard
space for a garden plot. Others live in dry regions where the soil is
barren. Some feel that they do not have the time or financial means to
grow their own food. Yet with faith, diligence, patience, and a little
creativity, anyone can succeed in gardening.
As members prayerfully consider the counsel to plant gardens and
search for ways to be obedient to this principle, they will be amazed at
the solutions they find. Here are some experiences and advice from
members who have followed the counsel to plant a garden.
Gardening on a Budget
While living in a small, townhouse apartment, Noelle Campbell, of
Houston, Texas, discovered that most of the materials she needed to
plant a garden were right in her own home. On her patio, she began
planting vegetables in used containers—anything from laundry soap
containers to kitty litter buckets.
She was amazed at the amount of food she could produce in the small
containers. She then expanded her garden, still using materials
collected from her home. Old bookshelves and bins became a vertical
garden. The frame of an old personal-sized trampoline is now used to
support beans, peas and other climbing plants. She even uses old grills
from barbecues to keep her tomatoes from leaning.
“I love the challenge of container gardening, of seeing my patio
transformed from a tiny 8-foot-by-8-foot (2.5-meters-by-2.5-meters)
concrete slab into a green, living, producing garden,” Noelle says.
In Alberta, Canada, Shirley Martin knows from experience that you can
grow just about any kind of plant in a container as simple as reused
soda or juice bottles. She says the key to a successful container garden
is adequate lighting, even if it is only a window or a lamp designed to
promote plant growth, and watering more often, as containers dry out
much more quickly than a garden does.
“This year,” Shirley says, “I am growing a kitchen garden in a few
pots on my deck complete with some herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, onion,
chives, and a pepper. Your imagination is the limit.”
Learning by Doing
Kwan Wah Kam of Hong Kong first decided to plant a garden to
supplement her home storage. She had never attempted to grow her own
food but assumed she could learn all she needed to know by reading
Although the information she found was helpful, Kwan soon discovered
that the greatest lessons she learned came through the process of
actually planting the garden. With each additional year of experience,
she has learned more about the best soil to use for different seeds, how
to distinguish between good seeds and bad seeds, different ways to
water and fertilize plants, and the best seasons to grow various
The lessons Kwan learned were not limited to gardening alone,
however. One evening, a terrible storm threatened to destroy her garden.
In the morning, she was surprised to discover that the plants were not
damaged, but instead, grew stronger from the additional water.
“From that experience, I learned that with faith in God, we can
become stronger as we face our trials and difficulties with courage,”
Kwan says. “The blessings I have received from gardening are both
temporal and spiritual.”