Earth Day 2010I returned to my country girl roots and planted a vegetable garden last year. I must confess, though, my garden was heavily laden with fertilizers and pesticides. I am the kind of gal that thinks if a little is good, a lot would be better. I used too much pesticide which killed the good bugs and well as the bad bugs. Because the good bugs were not around to eat the bad bugs, my garden became infested with spider mites. I then used a pesticide that left my tomato plants smelling like diesel fuel for days. I knew at this point I wanted to be kind to the earth by going chemical free with my next garden.
I have composted all winter and I am practicing companion planting this year. Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to or near one another. Companion planting, also, benefits certain plants by controlling pests naturally. After countless hours of research on the internet, I have planted the following with my tomatoes: basil and chives to improve the flavor, borage to deter the tomato worm, and marigolds to discourage many insects. Companion gardening won’t solve all the world’s problems, but it does your soul, body, and earth good.
Celebrate the Earth by not using chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your garden. Put the right plant in the right place to save resources. Spread the love by sharing your extra veggies with family and friends.
In recognition of Earth Day, I am giving away our premium microfiber cleaning kit (MF501) valued at nearly $100. One winner will be chosen at random. This offer only available in the continental United States.
To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post. No entries after 5:00 p.m. CST, April 28. Winner will be announced April 29th.
"What is one thing you do to protect the Earth?"