More and more manufacturers are bringing alternative products to the marketplace. Fertilizers with seaweed and hen manure or lawn applications with corn gluten to inhibit weed growth are all on the rise.
Biodegradable, reusable and quality gardening products
We're thinking twice before tossing things, choosing rather to reuse, repurpose, buy quality or return our efforts naturally to the earth.
Did you know that there are more than two dozen community gardens in Calgary, including a demonstration garden from the Calgary Horticultural Society? They link in to a strong history of gardening in this city.
Go to calhort.orgto find the plot nearest you.
Reclaiming unwanted land for ornamental gardens
Amid shrinking government coffers and few willing to take up their cause, gardens in public spaces are often left to languish. But there are signs that this is shifting.
With the help of passionate advocates and funded with the help of a business plan that promised profitability, New York's impressive new promenade, called the High Line, opened in 2009 (and is being extended in 2011) on an abandoned railroad platform nine metres above the streets in west Manhattan.
Read about its history and be inspired at thehighline.org.
Green/living roofs and walls
Green roof technology has actually been around in Canada for many years, but it has only recently been catching on for residential applications. There are certain important considerations (i. e. roof pitch, load-bearing capacity and maintenance provisions) but there are many energy, ecological and beautifying benefits.
To get started, visit Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. ( cmhc.ca).
Creating and managing backyard systems
We are increasingly resisting sanitizing our gardens. The result is that the vibrant cycle of life encompassing good and bad bugs, disease, visiting creatures and unpredictable weather is teaching us valuable lessons about backyard ecology and life.