I finally have what I consider a suitable response to the good people who call us at the Research Farm and say, “I want to garden organically. Where do I start?” My response comes in a format that I hope will prove memorable to you: a glimpse into the life and garden of a masterly Master Gardener, Brother Placid of New Melleray Abbey. [Read more…] about A Trappist Monk Offers Tips for Beginning Organic Gardeners | By Emily Gatch
Pick a pest and you can usually find a natural control for it – one that won’t poison you, your kids or your pets. Natural pest control is less expensive than buying and applying pesticides, and it’s safer for your garden, natural wildlife and the environment.
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Lawns absorb and hold water, which helps reduce storm runoff and improve water quality. Lawns also have a significant cooling effect, provide oxygen, trap dust and dirt, promote healthful micro-organisms, prevent erosion and filter rainwater contaminants.
Lawn care, however, has come at a high cost to the environment. According to the U.S. National Wildlife Federation:
• 30% of water consumed on the East Coast goes to watering lawns; 60% on the West Coast.
• 18% of municipal solid waste is composed of yard waste.
• The average suburban lawn received 10 times as much chemical pesticide per acre as farmland.
• Over 70 million tons of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to residential lawns and gardens annually.
• Per hour of operation, a gas lawn mower emits 10-12 times as much hydrocarbon as a typical auto. A weedeater emits 21 times more and a leaf blower 34 times more.
• Where pesticides are used, 60-90% of earthworms are killed. Earthworms are important for soil health. [Read more…] about Lawns Do More Than Make Your Yard Look Good | Natural Lawn Care