Notes from the Garden

What small things can you do to make this a healthier planet?


1) Use a reusable water bottle to take water with you everywhere and fill it with tap water. Did you know that bottled water sold in the retail sector can be tap water? There are no legal health controls over bottled water. Why pay 75% more for a bottle of tap water? In addition, our planet is plagued with plastics- the recycling industry has stagnated. An insulated, metal 16 oz. water vessels could be used all year round for both hot and cold beverages. I really like my “Think Sport” bottle that has been durable for over 10 years.


2) Plant more green things! Our planet needs more vegetation to sequester the carbon in the atmosphere and produce oxygen in the photosynthesis process. I’m quite fond of oxygen, aren’t you? Adding more trees, shrubs, and flowers will decrease your lawn area- who needs to mow and produce more carbon pollution? The pollinating insects and birds will appreciate your decision, too.


3) Compost! Did you know that our country throws away so much food? As much as 95% of the food we throw away ends up in the landfill. It is found that a head of lettuce in the landfill takes 25 years to decompose! There are now composting services that will pick up your food waste curbside and compost it. For me, my backyard and community garden compost facility is producing large amounts of rich, humus soil that returns to the garden areas.


Think about each action you take. What is the “footprint” I am making? When I buy something, what will happen to it when I am done with it? Folks, the landfill is getting really full….

Make a change. We all ARE a part of nature and being aware of our actions will make us better partners with our neighbors in nature. - Sara Scheil


Bird Activity at Celebration On Sterling UMC


Our church landscape supports a population of birds because it offers food and shelter. We have over 17 trees, over fifty shrubs, and countless flowers. All these offer habitats for birds. 


Here is a list of the birds I have personally seen on our church property over the last ten years:

Residents all year round:  (* = seen at the community garden site)


Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

American Crow

Blue Jay

Northern Cardinal **

Carolina Wren *

European Starling

House Sparrow

Barred Owl (calling from Firehouse Park)

Spring and Summer Birds (**= have nested on our property) (#= migrating through)

Red-tailed Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Turkey Vulture

American Robin **

Common Grackle **

Gray Catbird **

Brown Thrasher (brought their young to the garden to feed) *

Cedar Waxwing

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blackpoll Warbler #

Baltimore Oriole *

Least Flycatcher (brought their young to the garden to feed) *

Red-eyed Vireo *

Great Crested Flycatcher *

Purple Martin **

Northern Mockingbird **

Chipping Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow *

Dark-eyed Junco

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin #

House Finch


A Tennessee Warbler and an Ovenbird have flown into our west glass door and were killed; birds often are confused with large expanses of glass thinking they can fly through the area.


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