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Going Green: Five Tips for a Green Garden

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This post was authored by Communication and Outreach Intern Christine Cermak. Ever heard of the saying “April showers bring May flowers”?  We’ve had some rain in April, but drought is still present across most of the United States.  Check out these green gardening tips to be sure that your garden is environmentally friendly and helps to conserve water:
  1. Reuse water.  Use buckets or rain barrels to collect rain water.  Place the barrels under your gutters to maximize water collection and recycle the water back into your garden!
  2. Water early.  When using sprinklers, some of the water evaporates before it has the chance to hit the ground.  The best time to water your garden to reduce evaporation is early in the morning, between 4:00 and 9:00 a.m.
  3. Compost.  Instead of using chemical pesticides and fertilizers, make your own compost. Composting enriches the soil and helps to maintain moisture.  For more information on how to create your own compost, click here.
  4. Buy recycled.  Look for nurseries that recycle the plastic used to package each plant. Alternatively, opt to buy seeds instead of plants when possible.
  5. Join a community garden.  Community gardens beautify neighborhoods, supply low-cost produce, and educate people to grow resources locally. In addition to giving back to your local community, community gardens are also a way to connect with your neighbors!
Do you have a green thumb, or any green gardening tips to share?  If so, comment below!