Isn’t gardening a pretty green endeavor to begin with?
That’s true; we gardeners spend so much time working to beautify our little corners of the world. But the problem is on the surface it may look really nice, but we’re doing some things that aren’t so kind to the environment.
What changes should gardeners make?
Water usage is a huge problem. People don’t understand that more plants are killed by over-watering than under-watering, and in the process they’re wasting a precious resource. Also, too many people are programmed to reach for the chemicals as soon as they see an insect out there, when only 3 percent are actually pests. When we use outdoor power equipment, we’re also putting a lot of pollution into the air, and there are so many great alternatives today that are very eco-friendly.
How tough a sell is this with gardeners?
Studies have shown that up to 80 percent of people who work outside are at least curious about more eco-friendly options. But they’re not always willing to pay more, and they want them to work just like synthetics, and they don’t. They can be just as effective, but they work in a different way. People will have to change their way of thinking.
in the cle
12:00 AM EST
January 20, 2010