04-24-2013 Earth Month

In this issue:

  1. April in the Garden
  2. Using Up Cabbage
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Making Earth Day Last all Month
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Gardening for Geeks Book

 


1. April in the Garden

Earth Day may have been this past weekend, but the importance of living lightly upon the planet continues. We garden to reduce our carbon footprint, or to bring beauty into the world. We plant flowers to give pollinators something eat, and we grow vegetables to eat more locally. As we work to bring down CO2 levels, gardening organically is one of the best ways to do your part. Keep up the good work, fellow gardenerds!

In our test garden, our tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are officially in the ground. Corn is not as quite as high as an elephant’s eye, but it’s making its way. Our garlic is finishing up and we’re pulling all the parsnips and carrots from winter. The pumpkins and cucumbers have sprouted. blackberries and strawberries are flowering and setting fruit, and our green beans are doing the same. Soon we’ll be enjoying the fruits of our labor as the weather warms up.

We’ve got some great events coming up, including a Composting Workshop on May 18th. Be sure to check out our Latest News and Classes pages on the website, and enjoy your spring garden.

Happy Gardening,

Christy


Makes a big bowl that lasts for days.
Makes a big bowl that lasts for days.

2. Using Up Cabbage

Need help using up that winter cabbage harvest? Check out our latest recipe for

Asian Raw Cabbage and Tofu Salad 


3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Making Earth Day Last all Month

compost

Earth Day can come and go without much change in the world. We still have high CO2 levels, deadly pollution in the oceans, contaminated water supplies and depletion of our natural resources to contend with. Where to start? Well, if you are growing your own food, you are already doing something to lower your carbon footprint. Buying organic and local produce is the next step. What then? Here are some ideas:

Start a Compost Pile – reduce landfill congestion and recycle vital nutrients back into your soil. (a-hem…check out our upcoming composting workshop to learn how to get started).

Bring your own – …bags to the market, cup to the party, take out containers to the restaurant. Think back to the 40’s before plastic and styrofoam were convenient to use. Choose reusable items instead of “disposable” or  “compostable” products came about.

Put your Money where your Mouth is – divest from fossil fuels and ask your Alma mater to do so as well. Refuse to give donations or buy products from companies with a polluting track record. Research companies before you buy and buy locally from small companies you trust.

Most of all, remember this: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead


4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Now Available for Kindle! Gardening for Geeks

It’s true, just in time for Earth Month, Gardening foGeeks is now available digitally! Amazon has this paperless ebook for Kindle and Kindle App users, and iTunes has it for Apple device users. You can order online through one of the booksellers listed on GardeningForGeeksBook.com. Still on the fence about buying it? Check out our new book trailer.

Gardening for Geeks by Christy Wilhelmi
Gardening for Geeks by Christy Wilhelmi

Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from Gardenerd.com. Happy spring gardening!

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