Last week, we talked about ways to be more gentle with the Earth in our everyday lives. It’s warm and sunny here in the Cascade foothills, so I thought I’d continue with ideas for your lawn and garden, thinking this might be where your attention is joyfully focused at this time.
GROW HERBS IN YOUR GARDEN; they are easy to grow and help encourage birds and butterflies, as well as other useful insects. They are a great choice for planting between other flowers and vegetables to increase diversity. Planting basil, oregano, cilantro, sage and tarragon alongside vegetables will remind you to use them together. Having herbs in your garden is one more thing you can take off your shopping list.
LARGE PLASTIC BOTTLES can be used as mini-greenhouses, an excellent protective covering for seedlings. Cut off the ends and there you go.
RAIN BARRELS are probably going to be a necessity in the future to help conserve water resources. They now come in a range of sizes, shapes and colors. Try a decorative one on the deck with a rain chain for melodic ambience and drain it under the deck into the deck-side plantings. You’ll be surprised at the savings on your water bill and your plants will love you. This website will offer more tips on proper care.
SOAKER HOSES AND DRIP IRRIGATION can reduce water waste by as much as 70 percent because their delivery system sends water directly to the roots, unlike sprinklers, which waste water through evaporation.
TRADITIONAL HEIRLOOM SEEDS are a better choice than hybridized newer varieties. ORGANIC NATURAL FERTILIZERS like fish emulsion, bone meal and seaweed-based products are far better than synthetic alternatives.
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