Neighbours talking over the garden gate has long been a tradition. They share gardening tips, complain about the weather and pests yet are ever eager to discuss their gardens. That is what I had in mind when creating this blog. So stop by my garden gate to find out the latest happenings in my garden.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Madame Marie Curie"

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day 2009! A Gardener's Perspective

Earth Day 2009

Today the world celebrates Earth Day 2009. There are many special events being hosted world wide as the world focuses on saving our planet. While Earth Day brings an immediate awareness to our planet's plight, living green is something each and everyone of us should strive for daily. There are so many things we can do daily that do make a difference not only on a personal level but as a small part in the big picture.

As gardeners we are stewards of the earth. We should strive to grow and maintain our gardens in an eco-friendly manner. That means growing and saving seeds from heirloom varieties, something that is becoming increasing important. It means using strictly organic methods for soil ammendment and pest control. It means growing enough for you immediate usage as well as enough to can or freeze to feed your family to the next season. It means collecting seeds for the next growing season. It means collecting rain water for watering your gardens. This takes the strain off of municipal water purification plants. It means composting year round. It also means sharing your knowledge with others. Be excited about gardening and let others know. The more you share the more you will be rewarded! All of these practices define eco-friendly gardening.

I strongly encourage everyone to grow a vegetable garden. Years ago this was known as a Victory Garden and these gardens served the same purpose as they can today. If you can't grow a garden in the traditional manner think outside the box. Very small areas can be rather productive using the square foot gardening method. You can grow in containers quite successfully and do look up as hanging baskets can be used for growing food as well. If you have no outdoor space at all which is common in city apartments and condos, look to growing food indoors both on windowsills and using energy efficient light supplementation. Low cost, low energy CFL light bulbs are now available for growing indoors. Whatever method or combination of methods you choose, take the plunge and get active in gardening! Your body will thank you in more than one ways and you can rest easy knowing you are helping the earth.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
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