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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Planning and Design: natural techniques, habitats and Earth-friendly tenents

This garden sits on a 6,000 sqaure foot lot in a suburban neighborhood. The garden was designed by Kelly Anne Tooker with the help of Bob Tooker. This garden was designed to be a bird, butterfly and hummingbird habitat. The squirrels were just a bonus.

Natural Gardening Techniques Used:
Reduced Lawn and Grasscycling. Permeable Pavers. Nectar and pollen plants for birds and insects. Drip irrigation. Digging weeds by hand and use of ground covers and mulch. Composting.

Wildlife Habitat:
A variety of edible plants, a water source, healthy soil teaming with insects, a brush pile and sheltered thickets.

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 pollinization and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.