Happy winter! After a couple serious cold snaps, it looks like winter is really setting in early this year. It is time to begin thinking about next year and Spring,
What worked well this year and what could be improved next Spring?
It is a season of rest in the garden and natural temporary dormancy.
This allows us a time to naturally reflect on our gardens.
How can we begin viewing plants and the garden asrenewable resources?
How can we make the best usenatural abundance of the garden?
How do we reduce consuming and a culture that tends to over consume?
With an almost lobster like tail and a hummingbird like body this moth is amazing to watch!
The hummingbird hawk moth is has a long proboscis making it look like a hummingbird as it feeds!
The little things matter.
All thoughtfulness adds up to a greater whole.
Things to think about to be a little more sustainable this year.
Balance is important in the garden if your garden has any of these problems consider working to fix them this year. Things I have been thinking about...
1. Do you have storm water run-off? Work to diminish this.
2.) Do you have erosion issues? Many plants can help with this issue.
3.) Do you mow the lawn with a gas powered lawn mower? Maybe you could use a hand push mower.
Nourish and Flourish.
What could be improved upon to increase the bounty of the garden?
How can you encourage your garden to continue to thrive?
Think about your soil.
Every year in helps to think about how to add more nutrients back to your soil.
Thinking about protecting and enhancing the soil is not a one time thing but an ongoing gardening goal!
Plants thrive in nutrient rich soil.
Do you compost?
If you do you can add nutrients back to the soil when your compost is ready top dress it back onto your garden beds.
Deadly Plants are often common plants!
This is something to think about.
It is another reason not to go eating plants randomly while in the garden!
Many other plants are medicinal and were often used for their healing properties.
Deadly Common Plants You should not eat Include:
Columbine (some species)
Lily of the Valley
For more information you might want to look at
How do we produce less waste? How do you compost?
Can we produce no waste in the garden?
Make use of all the resources and nothing goes to waste.
- Make your own Compost on site.
- This will cut back on hauling leaves away from your property in the fall and spring.
- Compost is like 'Black Gold' for your plants. It is rich in nutrients that make them thrive. You simply top dress it back onto your beds when it has decayed and is ready.
Here is a little information on composting:
Small changes add up.
Consider starting some seeds this spring or removing a lawn area and adding in some plants!
Little changes add up over time. Think about planting more this year.
Here our some of our spring starts. Several varieties of easy to grow lettuce will go outside in a few weeks!
What are ecosystem services?
They are goods and services provided by the ecosystem thatsustain life.
Plants can help!
Here are a just few things to think about this year.
-Plants can cleanse water.
Need a quick escape to somewhere tropical and local?
Need a color break from this winter?
Check out these pictures from the Greenhouses at :
Orchids By Hausermann
2N134 Addison Road
Villa Park, IL 60181-1191
Open to the public:
Monday-Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM
Saturday 10:00AM to 4:30PM
Sunday hours 12:00PM to 3:00pm
I visited recently and the color
was just what I needed!
These are some photos from my visit.