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, January 26, 2012

exotic plants and temperate climates

As I have mentioned before, I have this vision of converting the screened porch into a plant filled oasis where I can go sit and have my coffee and look out on the street and passersby.

This is going to take a little work. And a little research on my part. I envision an English Conservatory, just A LOT smaller. I would like to try some Exotic Plants . This will be new to me.

Screened Porch BEFORE - check back for PROGRESS updates!

Unlike my previous plant hardiness zone, exotics will need a lot more protection here in Indiana. The Pacific Northwest was a more temperate climate, ideal for exotics in the garden. Can I create that environment here?

A little slice of home.