Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Planning and Design: patience and vision

A little flashback to the beginning of the manic madness. It is important to not only plan, but to look back at photographs and see how far you have come. Any good garden plan should be a 3 year venture minimum.
All of the plants look so small. And new plants are often small, especially if you are budgeting or working from starts and cuttings. But it is important to leave the required space between plants and research the mature size for your climate.
By year three the trees along the back fence were well above the fence height, and by year five they were in excess of nine feet. Compare this photograph to the year three photographs here.