Earth Week Gardening and Composting (Week #15)
Weeks ago we encouraged you to plan your celebration of Earth Day as we approach this 45th Anniversary!
As I prepare for one of the Boston University Earth Day Festivals tomorrow at their Medical Campus on Talbot Green I am preparing our garden and composting shed. Over the last week 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 later tending, weeding and watering.
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. Start hydroponics in recycled bottles at Petomato, your children will love watching them grow.
Try some new inventive vertical gardening, xeriscaping, hydroponics or the tried and true, victory garden.
Vertical hydroponics from WindowFarms
Get that compost pile started, either inside, on a balcony with vermi-composting or outside.
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.
Easy container gardening from recycling a wood palette to repurposing your old shoe containers here.
DIY hydroponic vertical towers video-11 minutes.
Follow Shawna Coronado’s easy front yard drought tolerant living wall design.
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, tiny house or home.