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All may be for not, if we start a garden project and intend to control pests, weeds and rodents with chemicals that will deteriorate our health and our planet. We should consider the importance of starting our garden fresh and keeping it fresh.
Family and friends have found balance and peace through gardening. There is much good and safe eating to be had in your hand made edible garden.
You may also want to over-winter or start new indoor edible plants.
Listen to this marvelous voice: ONE HOME and COMMUNITY GARDEN AT A TIME with Dr. Vandana Shiva!
Someone sent me this picture in an e-mail and I love it. I thank the author and ask permisssion to include it on this site to share with others. Well done and thank you. My office is nick named the Squirrel Room because I work with the window open and the little critters run to and fro outside the window until of course, Wyatt the Dog, sends them to a new destination. I have been so fortunate to also see hawks and my favorite, an eagle who landed in the back yard with prey. Just amazing. Thank you for the fun.
We are heading in a wonderful direction with our American edibles and how they are produced. Look how far we have come. Organic produce from our central valley and coastal growers is presented at our San Ramon Farmers market. Not only are we able to purchase that which we do not grow ourselves, but the vendors enjoy sharing clean and healthy gardening hints and ideas.
Then there are weeds. In my garden weeds are hand pulled, dandelion, Taraxacum officinale with Beethoven, crab grass, Digitaria ischaemum with Iron Butterfly and bristly ox tongue, Picris echioides, with continued versions of "If I had a hammer" running through my head.
California poppies, Eschscholzia californica grace my garden at will, and are welcome as long as there is room at the inn. All said, I have learned and come to accept that I will never be weed free but I will be weed controlled. It is important to control weeds so that you reduce the nutrition loss from the soil that your selected plants need.
VEGETABLES AND FRUITS: HOMEGROWN with ATTITUDE!
These are just a few things you can do to work in a healthy garden. There is much to learn. What better way to spend some down time than to learn how to better provide for yourself and the health of the planet?
Please take the time to educate yourself about clean gardening. Share what you learn with your neighbors, those whom you work with and meet. I suggest starting with a read on Atrazine. It is not a pretty story but a great teaching story. Also, you may preview the documentaries listed on the web site. I almost guarantee you will see the correlation and call / need for home edible gardens. There are numerous sources on the internet and in bookstores. Support conscientious educators and authors, those who really get this. Stay diligent, gardening without abuse of chemicals is very possible, I know, because I have done it for years. I still have so much to learn and am forever thankful to all who work to this end and share their knowledge willingly with me.