It’s Enviro-Mama Thursday here on Strocel.com, and today I’m thinking about getting my garden ready for the winter. It’s my One Green Thing for November. But before I get into that, I’ll update you on my One Green Thing for October, which was buying safer makeup.
At the beginning of October I headed to my local organic grocery store and bought some non-toxic makeup: one lipstick, two eyeliners, and two eyeshadows. The makeup ranged in price from $16.99-$19.99, which put it into a more expensive category than most drug store cosmetics, but not alarmingly so. After a month of occasional use I’ve found that I quite like the eyeliner and lipstick, but I’m still not sold on the eyeshadow. It’s more powdery, and with a more limited selection of shades it’s darker than I would have chosen. I’m in the market for a better eyeshadow brush, though, and I think I may look for a brand with a greater colour selection if I buy anymore.
This month, I’ve decided to focus my attention on my garden. I like to grow food, but the truth is that I’m often very haphazard in my approach. For November, my One Green Thing is aimed at changing that. I’ve had ongoing problems with pests eating my plants, and with crops failing or not producing like they should. I realize that, at least in part, this is due to the fact that I haven’t put in much time or thought when it comes to maintaining my garden year-round. I’d like to change that, so this month I’ll be working to winterize my garden.I’ve rounded up a bunch of articles on getting your garden winter-ready. I will be reading over those articles, cleaning up debris, laying down mulch, and researching eco-friendly pest-control options. I’m tired of sharing my lettuce with slugs! I’ll also take some time to plan out what I want to grow next year, while I’m doing my research, so that I can do any advance preparation that I need to do now.
I’ve had some great successes, and a whole lot of failure in my garden. At this point, I’ve realized that if I want to grow more of my own food consistently, I’m going to need to actually take the time to learn about – and properly tend – my garden. I’m not quite ready to buy a pH meter or a pair of those strap-on gardening knee pads, but I can’t rule it out completely. Hopefully, when I’m enjoying the fruits of my labour next summer, I’ll agree that winterizing my garden and doing a little bit of planning ahead was time well-spent.
Are you a gardener? How do you get your garden winter ready? I could use all the tips I can get! Also, if you’d like to get in on the act and take on One Green Thing of your own, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to grab the button from this post if you’re blogging about it, and spread the enviro-love.