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How Green is My Garden?

Planting your own organic vegetable garden is one of the greenest activities around. Just about anyone can do it, whether it’s a few pots on your apartment balcony or a full-fledged kitchen garden that takes up most of your yard. And now is the time to start thinking about it. Even in the far north, seasoned gardeners are hovering over seedlings in their basement or on their windowsill, anticipating that first frost-free date.

Tell us how green your garden is and how you got it that way. And if you have a favorite book on how to garden organically, we'd like you to share it with us.

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Deanna says …

I think I may have mentioned before, but you can have a soil test done easily (and inexpensively) through your local cooperative extension. I think I paid $10. In addition to possible pesticide contamination, I was worried about some fence posts that were on and near my property that I believed to be pressure treated as well as lead and other things that might be lurking in my soil that I did NOT want in my garden. The peace of mind that a soil test brings is well worth the effort of having it done. And as an added benefit, you can find out what your soil needs (and how to give it what it needs) to make the results of all your hardwork more bountiful!

Cindy Bird says …

I have lived in the same house for 18 years. I have never used any pesticides in my garden/yard. I dig up the "weeds" I don't want every year. Mulching has been a great help to keep unwanted plants from thriving and spreading. The plants I want do very well.

Charlotte says …

I read the post above about using cayenne pepper to keep critters away from your garden. I found a blind squirril in my yard this year and called animal rescue. They told me the squirrils get into the pepper and then it gets in their eyes and they scratch themselves blind because it irritates their eyes so much. I used cayenne years ago when we had a problem with armadillos, but after learning this, I won't ever use it again!

Curtis Whitwam says …

I am responsible for the Whole Foods Market Garden in Tampa, Fl. We are using the "sheet mulch" method from the book, "Gaia's Garden" by Toby Hemenway. By composting right in the garden beds with this technique, we get explosive growth and minimal pest problems. Our plant have healthy immune systems!