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.
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!
Outdoors: check the almanac for growing dates in your area at: http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/states. If you’re new to gardening, keep it simple – do a quick Google search on the foods you love and be on your way!
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.