I present the following list of things we can do to help the environment:
1. Reduce/reuse/recycle wherever you can: many garden centers will accept plastic pots returned after purchase.
2. Conserve ground water: build a rain garden to reduce runoff, collect rain from gutters for dry days, and water in the morning.
3. Put out native bee boxes: encourage local pollinators. See the Kate's Bee Boxes page.
4. Share your wealth: grow food for neighbors, and encourage them to grow their own and buy locally.
5. Use Best Management Practices & Integrated Pest Management for pesticides and insecticides you may use in your yard. Yes, you'll have to do some research on what you're using, but it will make the application more effective.
6. Grow natives: native plants require less work and are more hardy since they're already adapted.
7. Go renewable: consider renewable resources for mulch, potting mix, etc. What is plentiful in your area and how can it be used?
8. Start a worm bin. If you already have a bin, start a bin for a friend. Worm bins make great gifts!
9. Educate your family, friends, and neighbors: tell them about your successes with the above. You'll be surprised how many will adapt your ideas.
Originally published on September 24, 2008