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Another Year of Organic Gardening

by admin - July 28th, 2011.
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I have been doing my best for many years to raise a few veggies, herbs, and flowers following organic principles. I believe that food produced in this fashion is not only healthier for the people who eat it, but that the whole process is much better for the environment and the other creatures with which we share it. Since the price of organic fertilizers tends to be pretty high, I’ve mostly been amending the soil with home-made compost. For the past two years I have also been experimenting with a no-till method using cardboard covered with shredded leaves to both keep down the weeds and to add to the soil as they break down.

Since buying our house in the suburbs, I have been trying to make the entire yard as wildlife friendly as possible. Now it seems as though I may have been more successful than I’d ever have imagined. Frequent visitors to our yard (and, unfortunately, often to our veggie garden) include deer, wild turkeys, a whole squadron of chipmunks, moles, voles, gray squirrels, a red squirrel, and just recently, a groundhog. We also enjoy watching the finches, sparrows, titmice, chickadees, cardinals, robins, dark-eyed juncos, and hummingbirds that visit the feeders and flowers. The garter snake population has increased tremendously as well and I’m hoping that they will grow fat on a diet featuring the slugs that have always been a problem in the garden. Luckily, we have not yet attracted any rabbits, though I know that there are some not far away. Since the human population of the planet has increasingly displaced just about all the rest of the animal kingdom, I have wanted to share the little bit of space I inhabit with them as much as possible.

I have to admit though that I would not be terribly thrilled to have a bear show up and coyotes, foxes, and fisher cats would also be something of a problem. At this point, I think that we can all co-exist with the addition of a decent fence around the garden area. I don’t mind sharing the wild black raspberries and blackberries and in time I may even manage to get a few of the blueberries and strawberries for us, if I plant enough new ones so there’s a better supply.

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