- Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is still celebrating, now more than ever before we're all looking to do our part to protect out planet. While climate change is said to be the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity to get actively involved and for each of us - individually - to do something productive to contribute to this marked occasion.
If you haven't done anything specific to celebrate Earth Day in years past, Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point for you. You might want to start right in your own backyard and try your hand at vegetable gardening. It's easier than you think. And you'll be doing something good for the earth and good for yourself.
The National Home Gardening Association shows nearly a 20 percent growth in vegetable and herb gardens, edible gardening is on the rise due increased awareness about food safety, the financial stresses of the economy and a growing desire to be earth-friendly. Consumers are getting tired of rising produce costs at retail. Growing your own is a huge trend, nutrition and control over one's intake is now of utmost importance and is actually becoming more mainstream than extremist. Demand is up for earth-friendly, sustainable and organic garden products. Use these products to get a jump start on your contribution to Earth Day.
Plant 'em, feed 'em, protect 'em and eat 'em - All Naturally
Try planting environmentally friendly Bonnie Plants. Vegetable gardeners can grow delicious vegetables and herbs in their own backyards (or even containers) this season while doing something good for the environment. Bonnie Plants are packaged in 100 percent biodegradable pots that can be placed into the soil pot, plant, and all. As the pot disintegrates, the plant's roots grow through the biodegradable pot and into the surrounding soil. Bonnie's pots are not only convenient to plant, and prevent transplant shock, they have already prevented more than 100 million pounds of plastic from ending up in landfills. Bonnie Plants are available at big box store nationwide and 3,700 independent garden centers across the country.
• All Natural Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food - Feed with Seed Extract
Compared to traditional chemical fertilizers, there has been a superior response in the health and vigor of plants when using this unique, organically based formula. Soybean oilseed extract is known to contain 150,000 nutritional and organic compounds that include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins, enzymes, natural wetting agents, plant hormones, and carbohydrates. All are vital to plant growth. Like the difference between a mother's milk and canned formula, scientists are just beginning to identify the inherent advantages of nature's design.
Seeds contain nutritional and organic compounds essential to plant growth. What if the life-supporting power of a seed could be put into a bottle? That question inspired the inventor of Bonnie's Plant Food to do just that. Bonnie plants, the largest distributor of vegetable and herb plants in North America, has been using this unique organically based, patented formula to produce lush, well-rooted, healthy transplants in their greenhouses. Now it is available to the home gardener. Why a Seed? Mother Nature put into a seed all that is needed to propagate the next generation. Bonnie's plant food simply found these nutrients, extracted them, and placed the "secret" in a bottle.
Protect Your Produce Organically
You've spent time and money on your vegetable and herb garden. It needs protection, naturally. Try a Produce Protector - nothing sours a vegetable gardener's mood like finding it has been picked apart or eaten by pesky neighborhood critters such as deer, rabbit or groundhog. Messina Wildlife's Deer, Groundhog and Rabbit Stopper formulas repel critters using smell and taste. Each specially formulated stopper features a pleasant smell that humans find appealing, but deer, rabbit, groundhog and other pesky critters find objectionable, causing them to find food elsewhere.
Because the repellants are 100 percent organic, you don't have to worry about using them on edibles and the products won't burn your plants, or cause harm to animals. The products spray on dry, clear and odor free. Plus, it's all natural and biodegradable. Deer, Groundhog and Rabbit Stopper spray on, ready to use, liquid repellents guarantee to stop rabbits, groundhogs and deer from feeding on your prized gardens for 30 days per application.
Solution To Small Space, Patio, Urban Gardens: Book: Easy Container Combos, Vegetables And Flowers
The baby boomers are downsizing their homes. As a result, we've seen an increase in the number of townhouses and condos. These dwellings offer limited space for gardening; thus, many are finding container gardening a viable option, not only for decorative plants, but for fruit and vegetable bearing plants as well. Pamela Crawford
, author of nine gardening books, is considered one of the most accomplished container garden experts in the country. This book will demonstrate quick and easy solutions to growing your own veggies and herbs in containers, they're tried and true combos and truly illustrate "practical meets pretty."
Simple Recipe Suggestions - From Plot To Plate
With more and more people discovering (or re-discovering) the benefits of home vegetable gardening and home-grown foods, Oster takes his readers step by step from the basics of soil prep and plant selection to the payoff in the kitchen. For beginners and old-timers alike, Oster's book delivers savvy organic gardening tips, a little horticultural history, serious and funny cautionary gardening tales, and 31 savory, family-tested recipes, many contributed by award winning chefs. There are 65 full color photographs throughout.
For more information go to www.bonnieplants.com
, and www.messinawildlife.com