is a passion of mine, I am even more passionate about organic
gardening. I owe it all to Alma my gardening angel. She taught
me how to communicate with plants and all the good beings
in my garden to help it grow.
am not fortunate to own the land I work and being a renter
I am very limited. After 10 years of tending to the existing
landscape I decided to restart my organic vegetable and flower
garden so I removed the lawn and started digging. In the spring
of 2005, to my horror, what I thought was an organic garden
" work in progress " was drenched with an over spray
of fungicide by a neighbors tree service employee. My starter
plants were placed on my work table in the center of the garden
to be acclimated to the weather when the spray came pounding
down to earth. I immediately moved the tender seedlings to
the covered patio and started hosing down everything in site.
The smell was terrible and I was in tears, I no longer had
an organic yard. Mother nature stepped in and the next four
days it rained which in turn helped to dilute the toxins on
In the process of working out a claim with the company I requested
a soil test to see what amount of fungicide, if any, was in
my well loved soil. To my surprise, there was not enough fungicide
to be detected in the soil sample although the now deceased
seedlings had very high, measurable levels. I also found,
through the soil test, that the dirt also contained "
under acceptable levels " of DDT, DDE, and DDD. So much
for my organic gardening.
continued to work through two seasons of spring/summer gardening
and then decided, since my heart was no longer in it, return
the area back to a lawn so my dogs can enjoy playing in the
still live and garden organically but have limited my growing
to non-toxic, animal and bird friendly varieties of herbs and
flowers. My hope for this page will be to offer my artwork for
the great outdoors. This will include hummingbird chairs, wind
socks, birdhouses, painted rocks, spider huts and more.
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