TerraBluTeams Practice #17

Last week we encouraged you to plan your celebration of Earth Day and mobilize A Billion Acts of Green on this 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day!

This morning, before my daughter heads for Comic Con in Boston, and I head for an Earth Day Film Fest, we will be “getting our sustainable garden on” as our personal sustainable green act for Earth Day. Join us by planting, planning and composting a sustainable garden.

Over the last few weeks we have graded the soil, planned our composting and designed our sustainable garden. Our travelling and hiking have always nurtured our visual hunger with images of exotic plants, vegetables and flowers that grow in uncanny spaces on very little water. This year it will be a raised xeriscaped horizontal vegetable garden; next year, a vertical wonder!

You can garden as small or as large as you want. With a little planning you can save a whole lot of latter tending, weeding and watering.

The WHY:

Fewer inputs – outputs create a more sustainable garden:

Less water – Less water

Less fertilizer – Less water pollution

Less Pesticide – Less air and water pollution

Less peat – Less rubbish

Less electricity – Less heat, less CO2 emission, less air pollution


This week join us by adding some green to your life and diet; plant a vegetable garden in the yard, on your deck or in your apartment. Try some new inventive vertical gardening, xeriscaping, hydroponics or the tried and true, victory garden.

The HOW:

According to Times columnist, Alice Bowe, the “Eight-fold path” to gardening is:

Make compost unceasingly. Making compost should be part of the routine in every garden, even if it is no larger than a window box.

Use home-made composts in place of artificial fertilizers, peat and other organic additives.

Practice rainwater harvesting. Water should be collected from roofs and pavements, stored in gardens and infiltrated into the soil, slowly.

Use physical and biological pest controls instead of chemicals.

Return to nineteenth century methods of soil warming, based on the use of compost.

Use a hand-powered grass-cutter instead of a fossil-fuel mower. This will also save you the cost of an exercise machine.

Use solar power for garden lighting and garden pumps

Use lime mortar (not cement mortar) for garden construction, so that hard landscape materials can be re-cycled.

The Deep Dive:

Find out more about Earth Day here.

In our area, Earth Day events can also be found in Boston here.

Follow Shawna Coronado’s easy front yard sustainable vegetable garden design or visit her at the casual gardener.

Or consider planting a vertical garden design inside your home, apartment or office.

Check out world renowned Vertical Sustainable Gardener (without soil), Patrick Blanc, in his 7-minute interview about his Parisian projects.

Hydroponics for the apartment.


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