April 22 is Earth Day – a time to reflect on what you can do to help protect the planet, beginning in your own back yard.  Here are five things you can do:

  1. Grow your own fruit and vegetables. You’ll cut down on fuel used to transport food. 
  2. Compost kitchen and garden waste. You’ll make a nutrient-rich soil amendment that reduces the need for synthetic fertilizer.
  3. Create habitat for pollinators and beneficials. Provide them with food, water and shelter and you’ll support nature’s method for controlling pests rather than using pesticides.
  4. Avoid synthetic fertilizers, especially those high in nitrogen. They can lead to excess plant growth making plants more susceptible to pests and diseases. Also, these types of fertilizer use a lot of energy to produce, package and transport.
  5. Choose low-emission garden practices and tools.  Swap out gasoline-powered mowers, blowers, and trimmers for rechargeable battery-operated types. 

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