CHARLESTON, W.Va. - I'm always looking for healthier, more-natural ways to take care of my home and garden. In an ongoing quest for "green" gardening tips, I've found several of interest.
Many city recycling programs don't take plastic plant pots, including the city of Charleston. However, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority does, according to Jeannie Gunter. You can drop off the rinsed-out pots at 600 Slack St. in Charleston. Other options include donating them to schools or community gardens.
Any other suggestions?
My recycling bin is always full of paper. It seems the mailman brings more and more "stuff" that I don't want. I've tried those Web sites that say they will end mailbox clutter by removing me from catalog mailing lists, but so far, it's not working.
But here's one letter I would like to receive. There's a company called Botanical Paperworks of Winnipeg, Canada, creating lovely cards, invitations and stationary that are about as eco-friendly as possible. The handmade paper is embedded with wildflower seeds or herb seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, wildflowers or herbs will grow from the paper. Made with recycled bond paper, cotton remnants and abaca, a renewable leaf fiber, the product is "tree-free."
The company produces wedding invitations and programs, as well as personalized Christmas cards and party favors. For information, visit www.botanicalpaperworks.com.
When plant leaves are clean, this enhances photosynthesis, which in turn, increases a plant's ability to fight pests and disease. Bio Plant Wash changes the way you might think about "application." It is applied as a wash, and washes plants, flowers, lawns, trees, fruits and vegetables clean. It can be used on its own, or blended in with your regular nontoxic pest-control program to achieve excellent results while using less pesticides.
According to www.greenhome.com, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides create weak, dependent lawns, with shallow roots, weeds that compete and win, dead soil with no worms or tilth, and poisoned runoff into water supplies, lakes, ponds and oceans. The shallow root systems lead to weak plants that are easily damaged by drought, pests and diseases.