Monday, March 17, 2014

Recycling in Your Garden and More

I had another amazing weekend at the Yellow Green Farmer's Market!  I always love meeting new people and sharing tips for growing heirloom, Non-GMO seeds.
We talked a lot about the benefits of using Diatomaceous Earth in the garden for Organic, non-toxic pest control.
The Kelani Organics GIVEAWAY is LIVE...AND...


Recycling in your garden 
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 Coconut Coir Pellets
are made from the husk
of coconuts
They make seed-starting EASY!
Basil in Coconut pellet
Anise Hyssop
Very aromatic with a sweet, licorice-mint flavor. Leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried for salads, teas, and garnishes.
The perfect addition to you bee-friendly garden! Seeds take 7-14 days to germinate.
Also a medicinal herb.

As a culinary herb, lovage has a celery-like flavor, but richer with hints of fennel and curry. Use the stems, leaves, and seeds in the same fashion as celery.

Seeds germinate in 7-14 days.  Also a medicinal herb 

Wonderful mild onion flavor, these long, thin chives are excellent in many meals; great raw or cooked. Lavender flowers.
Start early indoors or outdoors after danger of frost.
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Are you ready to get a jump on seed planting for your garden? 

How do we Recycle?
-Compost: Compost is a natural soil amendment and garden fertilizer. It can be made FREE using kitchen scraps. Apple cores, celery or carrots parts, rinds and peels from fruits and veggies...throw it all in there! But don't stop there- also use grass clipping, dead leaves and other yard waste.
Not only does composting save money on expensive fertilizers and soil amendments, it keeps all of this "trash" out of your garbage bin and out of landfills.

-ReUse: It's not necessary to purchase fancy or expensive containers in the garden.  I prefer to use recycled pots and containers.  For seedlings, I have cleaned (sterilized) yogurt or cottage cheese containers and then poked holes in them for drainage.  On occasion I have used recycled toilet paper rolls.

-Save Water: Using rain water to nourish your garden is another great way to recycle and save money.  Sure you can buy expensive equipment, but recycling is easy!

-Coconut Coir seed-starting pellets
Add water, and the Coconut Pellets quickly swell to become a perfect self contained pot with its own perfect medium for starting seeds. Seeds are nurtured within the pellet to germinate faster into young seedlings. Roots emerge easily through the porous walls of the pellet as a result of the enhanced air circulation created by the unique design and characteristics.
The Coconut Coir Pellet - complete with the started plant inside - goes directly into the ground. As a result, no transplant shock occurs, and the plant has full vigor to mature faster. All the young, tender roots remain totally intact.  
NEW Coconut Coir Pellets are more eco-friendly!

Coconut pellets after 5 minutes soaking
Basil in Coconut pellets after 6 days
We'd love to hear how You recycle in the garden!

"The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. "
  --Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals


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Unknown said...

I can't wait to get my garden started. I used recycled k cuos for my seeds last year.

Marla said...

Waiting anxiously for spring to come and get out in the garden. I love your recycling ideas. There are so many ways we can reuse items and make them useful. You have given me a few more ideas so thanks. Have a wonderful healthy day.

Lyda LaRae said...

I love the idea for watering. It's always hard to stay on top of that chore during busy summer months. Thanks for sharing.

Sherri said...

I am so excited for gardening time! Come on Spring weather in New England. Thanks for sharing at The Mommy Club Linky Party!