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5 Ways To Green Up Your Green Thumb


1. Stormwater runoff is nasty; combat it by planting smart!

  • Create rain gardens.

  • Check your downspouts (rooftops and driveways) and make sure rain gardens are placed to catch this water or re-route your downspouts, or buy a rain barrel.

  • If you have an area of standing water after a rain, create a backyard wetland.

  • A wonderful and short guide to understanding all of the above was created by the North Carolina Coastal Federation and can be found HERE.

2. Plant Native

  • Native plants require less maintenance, and reduce the “need” for pesticides, herbicides and irrigation — and they serve an ecological purpose! Native plants attract native pollinators (see below) and, a native garden will take care of itself – like it did in nature before it was all chopped down to build your house.Find your native plants at: http://findnativeplants.com/ OR http://www.plantnative.org/ OR https://www.wildflower.org/plants/

3. Plant Pollinator-Friendly

  • We have a HUGE pollinator problem: You know this because you read my blog, and share my blog and talk about it at parties (Bees – Spelling It Out For You) – BUT, just a couple of days ago, a new report, sponsored by the United Nations, and prepared by 80 scientists around the world, has corroborated “my” findings (the contacted me for their report but I was too busy). This is huge (with a non-silent “h”) and could impact nutritional security across the globe. It’s true that corn, wheat,soybeans and rice should be ok, but this seems like a road toward a tasteless Jetsons-esque future where we end up pill-popping our meals. Read about the new report here. How can you help?

  • Make your garden a pollinator party central: find NATIVE pollinator-friendly plants at: http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/plant-lists/ OR http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

4. You can eat stuff that grows from the ground!


Who knew??!! You can pluck food from your lawn – cost-effective, organic, (because I know you will NOT put chemicals on your food, even if you buy them that way from the store, which you shouldn’t, but I digress), fresh food that didn’t have to travel across the globe in a stinky truck to get to your plate?! Wacky nature – making things so simple!


If you don’t have space outdoors, you can grow food indoors too! Renting and can’t dig up the yard? We used pots or small raised beds – there are simple and easy to tips via this newfangled thing called “Google” OR go old-school and talk to people who know stuff like your local, organic garden store or farmers, or smart neighbors!

5. Chemicals are bad; don’t use them in your garden.

  • They are a huge contributor to our huge pollinator problem, stormwater runoff problem, health problems, soil problems, air problems, insect problems

  • If you don’t use chemicals in your garden, your native plants will attract the GOOD insects that will eat the BAD insects – again, nature – it’s just smarter than us.

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