The Earth-Friendly Gardens program is designed to help San Diego County residents evaluate management choices when caring for outdoor spaces.
The program is built around eight simple principles: select appropriate plants, nurture the soil, manage pests responsibly, protect wildlife, grow food, conserve water, protect air quality and reduce waste. To certify your garden as Earth-Friendly, you need to check off a minimum number of items for each of the eight principles. To learn more, visit the UC Master Gardeners website at http://www.mastergardenersd.org and click on the picture of the Earth-Friendly sign.
UC Master Gardener Valorie Shatynski became familiar with earth-friendly gardening practices as she grew up in southern Oregon on a family farm. They raised flowers, onions, sugar beets and turf to harvest their seeds for sale to major seed companies. One of Valorie’s tasks was removing weeds and disposing of them outside the field to prevent reseeding. Removing weeds is extremely important in the seed business; companies reject products contaminated with weed seed.
You can evaluate how you are doing as an Earth-Friendly gardener using the Master Gardeners’ idea-filled checklist, available at www.mastergardenersd.org. Click on the Earth-Friendly Garden sign. As a reward for your efforts and to support our non-profit countywide program, purchase an Earth-Friendly Garden yard sign. It is a great way to share with visitors that your garden is sustainable and a conversation starter about earth-friendly gardening.
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