Earth Days are Easy

Jan, Virgina gardener and blogger (and my FaceBook friend), has started the Garden Bloggers Sustainable Living Project to high;ight ways in which we garden bloggers are helping to green Mother Earth. She is giving out some very nice prizes too, so if you blog about gardening. Get on over there and join up by 4/15 to be eligible (

In case you didn't know, Earth Day is on April 22, 2010. Usually, my Earth Days are filled with requests from local schools, corporations, retail stores, and civic groups to come and talk to them about gardening and all things green. That is cool woth me, just wish they would spread out their requests and not ask all for the same April afternoon. Because really, every day is Earth Day if you think about it.

I've talked a lot in the past about my greenie initiatives and lifestule. I've written Editor's columns in the magazines about all our eco-practices and memberships in Green America, Local First DC, DCEcoWomen, etc. But I thought I'd take Jan's challenge and break it down to the basics. So here it is, my top 5 SIMPLE things YOU can do this year in your garden to make this planet healthier and happier:

1. Put in a small pond.  Just dig a hole, line it, fill with water, throw in some water plants, and watch the wildlife flock there. No need to make it a complicated science project. Just do it.
2. Eliminate chemicals. Do not use pesticides/herbicides or artificial fertilizers.
3. Retire gas-powered engines. Switch to hand power or electric (if you must).
3. Diversify. Plant a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, and annuals. Aim to have something in bloom every month of the year and in every section of your garden.
5. Flowers not Lawn. Reduce that turfgrass monoculture and expand those planting beds.

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