By GALTime.com Gardening Guru Jeannie Hanson
I've been training as a "Green Gardener" and learning a lot that makes sense when it comes to smart and sassy garden methods for the 21 st century. (Recently, I had the opportunity to create a flower show garden using these principles, but more about that later!) Here are 4 principles that will help you earn your green thumb.
1. Nurture Your Soil
The natural cycle of organic living things is: start, grow, peak, decay, rot, return to the soil. Like it or not, it's how it goes. In the plant kingdom, this means that leaves and all return to nourish the soil. In our enlightened, modern age, we interrupt this process. We rake the leaves, pick up any rotting stuff, get rid of it in the landfill. THEN, if we're groovy with the soil thing, we bring in bags of organics -- chicken, compost, cow poop -- or we compost our own leaves and then dig them into the soil. No matter which method you choose, the thing I'm trying to emphasize hereRead More »from 'Green' Up Your Gardening