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Bridget Guzzi, Owner
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Fresh Gardening

INSPIRATION I GAINED FROM MY STUDIES IN HORTICULTURE THERAPY make me want to dance in the garden. Bridget!

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.

What are some of the steps we may take to garden safe and healthy? One of the most important decisions I make when growing organically is to watch what I plant.
Keeping my garden area clean always lends to an ounce of prevention.
Pests are part of the garden scene but can be managed. Have you set your lady beetles out for spring? Many sources help. Copper taping around raised beds makes the climb for snails a slippery slope and botanical soaps help when one particular pest may not be getting the message.

Planting ginger, marigolds, lavenders, and rue will also help. Many pests are beneficial and should not be exterminated. I continue to learn which these pests are. Ladybugs, beetles, preying mantis and birds control pests and may be found in your local nursery or by simply putting in birdbaths. 

We do not always win the war against pests in the beginning as we lean into clean gardening. We must work towards that end. Environments need be given a chance to come into balance. We are on our way to helping our garden areas do just that, once we toss out as much chemical warfare as possible. 

Adding  natural elements to your garden is a great key to pest control and will bring some wonderful returns with both your edibles and your flowers and shrubs.

Watering is huge part of gardening. Without a sip the plants will drip! I encourage hand watering whenever possible as it completes the circle of growing your own food. When we are closest to our plants, we can better control their optimization. Yet when we cannot be on hand, a well placed irrigation system is suggested. Please contact Bridget for an irrigation specialist referral at
btg@gardensofcalifornia.com

As I continue to grow without chemicals, I am amazed at how little if any pests and disease problems I am having. My thinking is that, out there in my little back yard, is a comfortable micro environment that is now working in harmony. This is exciting. You have to love those worms you get a bird’s eye of when digging up the spuds. Ah the treasures and pleasures of nature. Have you been fishing lately?

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.

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