Gardening for Life!

Sustainable Gardening Practices

Sustainable gardening practices are about:


  - Working with all aspects of nature when planning a garden.  Consider the wind, sun, site elevation, soil type and amount of shade  before you make plant choices.


  -   Integrating flower and vegetable gardens.


  -    Using companion planting.


  -    Capturing rainwater for flower gardens & conserving tap water.


  -    Using local materials in garden construction.


  -    Creating a habitat for wildlife (including insects).


  -    Placing mulch around plant roots to conserve moisture and inhibit weeds


  -    Rotating vegetable crops from year to year.


  -    Making new soil by composting.


  -    Weeding by hand.


  -    Doing as little digging as possible.  Instead add layers of compost & mulch.


  -    Using natural soil amendments such as compost.


  -    Enriching loosely packed soil with topsoil & compost.


  -   Cutting healthy but spent vegetable plants into the soil at the end of the season to decompose over the winter.