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In the garden, everyday is Earthday

As a gardener, I feel a special kinship with the earth.   There is nothing like feeling the warm dirt in your hands or seeing the first robin in the spring.  Because of the respect I have, I try to garden in a way that is good for the environment.

Some of the things I do-

  • I compost.  Any vegetables from the house,  weeds and prunings from the garden and the droppings and leftover hay from my rabbits.
  • I only water newly added plants.  I don’t have a sprinkler system going everyday.  When we do have a drought, I have a drip hose for my vegetable garden that I use once a week.
  • I let my grass turn brown.  I don’t need a green lawn to give me status in my neighborhood.  Besides, my neighbors already think I am nuts!
  • Eliminating lawn.  I do like having some grass because it gives me a place to play catch and chase with my dogs, but there are areas I am trying to eliminate.  My front lawn is not big and my plans are to eliminate the grass and expand my perennial garden and have the front art be Vinca.  I already have one side almost done.
  • Don’t use herbicides.  Sometimes this can be tough because it is so easy just to grab the sprayer and spray those big, annoying weeds, but especially after reading about herbicides causing bladder cancer in dogs, I have discontinued this.  I use newspaper and cardboard to smother weeds.
  • Attracting wildlife.  I try to add plants that attract different species of birds, butterflies and other wildlife.  Just like many other areas, this area is being built up and open land is disappearing.     The plants will help give the wildlife food and a home, plus I have benefits as well.  Not only do I get to see species I wouldn’t normally see, but often they eat insects and other pests that most people use chemicals to get rid of.

What do you do in the garden to help the environment?