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.

CONSERVATION

When I began gardening, like many, I focused on the plants. I took a Master Composter/ Recycler course in order to learn more about composting and soil, and I walked away with a new philosophy about how I approach not only my gardening but also my waste flow and wants. In many ways this course changed my life more than any other. The early posts on this blog are frequently about composting, vermicomporting and sheet mulching or lasagna gardening.

I was raised in the 1970s by a Janis Joplin singing hippy-wanna-be mom in the suburbs. She watched chemicals and shopped at the health food store and coop. And in some bizarre turn of fate I became a high school Natural Resource & Conservation teacher. I have very strong beliefs about GMOs, pesiticides and green practices. I believe that it is important to have a basic understanding of laws and regulations, technology and science, and politics. These beliefs will be reflected in this journal. However, as an educator I will more often than not ask you the question, rather than provide you the answer. Balance in all things is the human challenge.