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Grow A “Compact Organic” Garden!!


This is so amazing!!

Walt is a former East Orange, NJ police officer, who my husband worked with…

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By Cranford Chronicle
on August 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM, updated August 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Homeowners who think their yard is just too small for a garden that produces the high yields they desire may have to think again.

Walter Sosnosky has about 500 individual plants on property only 50 feet wide and 100 feet long at his home in Kenilworth.

He grows everything from arugula to sweet banana peppers, as well as herbs and flowers.

His plant inventory is even more impressive when taking into account that there is, of course, a house on the lot;

as well as a 20-foot-long driveway; a 30-by-16-foot pool; a patio; a deck; and two sheds.

He does it all using a method called Compact and Organic Gardening.

“What I have done is thrown out the book on conventional gardening,”

Sosnosky said.

“In modern terms, I have gone rough.”

He gives an example:

The golden rule on tomatoes, he said, is that they are not to be grown within about 2 to 3 feet of one another.

“Mine are approximately one foot apart and I intermingle them with eggplants, bell peppers and garlic,”

Sosnosky said.

“So as they grow, the plants support each other in the growing process.”

To ensure everything is organic, he follows a strict protocol. Here are some of rules he adheres to:

1. To ward off ants, he sprinkles instant grits across the problem area.
2. To keep away squirrels and other creatures in the rodent family, he grows peppermint among other plants.
3. To keep the yard bug-free, he recommends spraying a mixture of antiseptic mouth wash and lemon-scented dish-washing soap.
4. To keep a good PH balance in the soil, use coffee grounds and ground egg shells. This also helps discourage slugs, and keeps the neighborhood cat and dog from next door from roaming around, he said.

“In the fertilizer department, I use fish emulsion, beer and sugared colas,”

Sosnosky said.

“These all add to robust and healthy plant life.”

“Make the effort and the rewards are yours,”

he said,

explaining that those practicing compact organic gardening will be repaid with a bounty of vegetables, herbs and fruits,

like “lush Jersey tomatoes,” married with the “fresh scents of basil, rosemary and lavender, to name a few.”

Here’s an inventory of all the types of plants, with numbers of each type, growing on Sosnosky’s less than 1/8 of an acre:

Alyssum 12; Eggplant 22; Rutgers Tomatoes 6; Lemon Boy Tomatoes 6; Marigolds 24; Cucumbers 6; Beef Master Tomatoes 5; Blueberry Bush 1; Impatiens 140; Lobelia 32; Dianthus 12; Verbena 12; Snap Peas 21; Garlic Plants 25; Basil 6; Habanera Peppers 5; Snap Dragons 11; Gazania 9; Salmon Geranium 10; Petunias 59; Raspberry Plants 4; Bell Peppers 2; Jalapeño Peppers 4; Cayenne 3; Sweet Banana Peppers 4; Pop Pop Peppers 2; Better Boy Tomatoes 3; Parsley 4; Arugula 4; Super Sonic Tomatoes 9; Rosemary 1; Greek Oregano 1; Lavender 1; Horseradish 1; Butterfly Bush 1; Assorted Wild Flowers 50.

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Psalms 1:3

“…like a tree planted by streams of water,   

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—   

whatever they do prospers.”

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Psalm 65:9-13

“You care for the land and water it;   

You enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water   

to provide the people with grain,   

for so You have ordained it.

You drench its furrows and level its ridges;  

You soften it with showers and bless its crops.

You crown the year with Your bounty,   

and Your carts overflow with abundance.

The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;   

the hills are clothed with gladness.

The meadows are covered with flocks   

and the valleys are mantled with grain;   

they shout for joy and sing.”

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Psalm 96:11-12

“Let the Heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;

Let the sea resound, and all that is in it.

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;   

let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”

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Psalm 104:14, 27-28

“He makes grass grow for the cattle,   

and plants for people to cultivate—   

bringing forth food from the earth:

All creatures look to You   

to give them their food at the proper time.

When You give it to them,   

they gather it up;

when You open Your Hand,   

they are satisfied with good things.”

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God grows good things!!


The Sower And The Seed…


The Parable of the Sower

Luke 8:1-14  NIV

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“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another,

proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God…

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The Twelve were with Him…

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While a large crowd was gathering

and people were coming to Jesus from town after town,

He told this parable:

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 ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed.

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 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path;

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 it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.

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 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.

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Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.

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 Still other seed fell on good soil

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It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.’

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When He said this, He called out, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’

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His disciples asked him what this parable meant.

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He said, ‘The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you,

but to others I speak in parables,

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 so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.

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This is the meaning of the parable:

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‘The seed is the word of God.

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Those along the path are the ones who hear,

and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts,

so that they may not believe and be saved.

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Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it,

but they have no root.

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They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.

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 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear,

but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures,

and they do not mature.

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But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart,

who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.'”

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The summary…

A sower dropped  seed on the path, on rocky ground, and among thorns, and the seed was lost;

but when seed fell on good earth, it grew, yielding thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.

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Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit,

while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes

so that it will be even more fruitful.”

John 15:1-2  NIV

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“I am the vine; you are the branches.

If a man remains in Me and I in him,

he will bear much fruit;

apart from Me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not remain in Me,

he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers;

such branches are picked up,

thrown into the fire and burned.”

John 15:5-6  NIV

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“Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit,

so you can identify people by their actions.”

Matthew 7:20  NLT

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Our goal is to persevere, grow, reach maturity, and produce more fruit!

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The person who thoughtfully hears the gospel,

understands its implications,

and then consistently grows and matures,

bears much fruit as a result!

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This parable must encourage us to desire and depend on Jesus to plant us in good soil,

where we can persevere through adversity to maturity and fruitfulness,

Anything else is unacceptable!

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“But their minds were made dull,

for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read.

It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.

Even to this day when Moses is read,

a veil covers their hearts.

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord,

the veil is taken away.”

2 Corinthians 3:14-16


“Orange” You Glad You Know Jesus!?


Sorry!  Couldn’t resist this title!


Click below for a crazy worship song we do in our Kids Church about…

The Fruit Of The Spirit!

Galatians 5:22-23  NIV

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“…for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true…”

Ephesians 5: 9  ESV

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“Love the Lord your God

with all your heart

and with all your soul

and with all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 6:5  NIV

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“May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace

as you trust in Him,

so that you may overflow

with hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13  NIV

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“You will keep in perfect peace   

those whose minds are steadfast,   

because they trust in You.”

Isaiah 26:3

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“And so after waiting patiently,

Abraham received what was promised.”

Hebrews 6:15  NIV

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“But love your enemies,

do good to them,

and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.

Then your reward will be great,

and you will be children of the Most High,

because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

Luke 6:35  NIV

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“Our people must learn

to devote themselves to doing what is good,

in order to provide for urgent needs

and not live unproductive lives.”

Titus 3:14  NIV

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“For we live by faith,

not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7  NIV

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“Take My yoke upon you

and learn from Me,

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.”

Matthew 11:29  NIV

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“For we do not have

a high priest who is unable

to empathize with our weaknesses,

but we have One

who has been tempted in every way,

just as we are—

yet He did not sin.”

Hebrews 4:15  NIV

Know Jesus!

Bear Fruit!

Walk in the Fruit of the Spirit…

Display the Fruit of  the Spirit to others!

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…

It’s not easy all the time!

But produce good fruit!

Not rotten fruit!

 Dried up fruit…

Useless fruit…

Or no fruit at all!

Be a juicy piece of fruit!

Big and flavorful!