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.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Potatoes can be a challenge in a small urban space. One of the most popular way to grow potatoes is in a burlap sack, or even by stacking old tires. Now I would NOT use old tires because of the possible asbestos and lead contamination, let alone the rubber itself. I have used burlap sacks, however, in the wet PNW weatehr they will break down leaving you with a bottomless bag by harvest time. Another alternative, which worked well for me, was an old tree planter from a nursery. It was large, light weight, had drainage holes in it, and was free. OK, aside from the purchase of the original tree...but I was REUSEing ;)