Attuning Yourself to the Earth
Spring’s coming, and I know a lot of pagans will be wanting to get their fingers good and grubby again or just get in touch with Mother Earth, so here we go.
Of course, planting things is always a good way to get in touch with the earth. There’s something you can do to make it even better, though: xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is the art of planting only things that can survive in your native climate and soil. This means a huge reduction in the amount of water, fertilizers, and pesticides you’ll need to use. Eartheasy has a great page on xeriscaping here.
You can also pick up trash. There are adopt-a-highway programs. Personally, when I go out on walks I try to remember to take a bag with me to put trash in that I find, which I can dispose of later.
You also can reduce the output of trash by swearing off products created to be disposed of, up to and including feminine products. Remember this about disposable plastic products: a moment in the hand, forever in the land.
Instead of buying stones that may have been mined in earth-harming ways and definitely have/had to be shipped long distances, why don’t you find out what kind of rocks are local to your area? You might make some pleasant discoveries. If you live in the US, the Roadside Geology books can be very useful. I was finally able to put a name to the rocks in my area - and I later learned that one of them was the same type of rock used to build Stonehenge!