Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Cleaning in the Garden is not always what you think

Springtime 2010 has officially come, and now it's time to get out in the yard to get ready for gardening season.  Before you get ready to rake out the gardens, throw down the fertilizer, and get the new plants in the beds, take a moment to stop and think about what spring cleaning should really mean for your yard.  Last fall I wrote a post Maintaining Composure while Decomposing, that discussed how leaving many plants in the garden to decompose naturally helps the soil and our gardens.  In another post, Earthworms are Nature's Best Rototillers, I gave you many reasons to let Mother Nature and her workers till the soil for you and get it ready for springtime.  Both are worth reading now that it's time to get out there. 

No fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are used in this client's gardens

And if like mine your gardens are still covered in snow or sleeping peacefully, take this time to read up on alternatives to pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers. Make a new checklist of things to do in the garden.  Visit awesome blogs and websites devoted to ecosystem, organic, nature or wildlife gardening to learn more about "spring cleaning" your gardening choices and style. 

Native Lady bugs are just one of many "good bugs"
that are great for natural pest control

You'll end up with less work, better soil, and a healthier environment for you, your plants and the creatures that visit your gardens.  After all, isn't that what you really want in a garden?

Water for birds, flowers for pollinators, pesticide free and
WaterWise practices all help to create gardens that need
little maintenance and help the ecosystem. 
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