Make Garden Sustainability A Goal

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Master gardener William Moss discusses the importance of garden sustainability.

    William Moss: We don't have to wait for a special day to do something good for the earth. It's our home and whatever is good for the planet, is good for us. And gardening is one of the things you can do to help the earth, and especially if you do it sustainably.

    Sustainability is a $2 buzz word that basically means you won't do anything that damages the soil or the surrounded environment. There are three easy ways to start down the path towards sustainability. The first is composting, composting recycles your kitchen scraps and garden debris, it's a healthy nutrients. It's the best amendment for your soil and is free. And composting your garden on a regular basis, keeps the soil fertile and healthy.

    The second way is to Mulch. Mulching covers to soil and basically prevents a lot of the evaporation of water. So a well mulched garden requires less water. When you're mulching your vegetables, don't use wood chips though, use compost and you'll kill two birds with one stone, because the compost will feed it too. And if those sustainable tip is right plant right place, have you put the plant where it gets the right amount of light, water, drainage and exposure, then you're going to have fewer problems with pest and disease, which means you won't have to buy products to deal with that.

    Right plant right place saves you time and money. We all live here and unless you're building a USS Enterprise in your garage, we're going to any other planet soon. We can all do our part to help out the earth by gardening sustainably. Get out and grow.