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, October 22, 2011

Garden Triage

I have spent most of the past month on garden triage.

The former gardener, and I use that term loosely, apparently never learned how to prune, divide, or plan for mature size.

This will be a challenge, but then again it is also a new canvas.

My favorite place to start is soil. This is indeed the canvas.

Fall leaves always remind me of new beginnings. What is that saying? Something about an end is always necessary for a new beginning. I believe in cycles and connections in nature, and fall is the grand reminder of the connection between plant and soil. A gardener will look at a pile of leaves and see a red, orange and golden treasure to be stashed away for composting.