This past Earth Day weekend we had the pleasure of working in Avalon, New Jersey on a dune restoration project!! For this dune restoration project we cleared invasive plant species, such as Privet and Japanese honey suckle, away from already present beach plum, bayberry, viburnum dentatum, yarrow and seaside goldenrod. All of theses are fantastic native plants which provide stabilization for the dunes via root structure and foliage.
Dunes are highly sensitive ecosystems, made into berms and swales by the wind and the ocean. They are constantly subject to change, but, thanks to certain plant species, they are able to sustain. Each plant offers a highly specialized attribute to these dunes, which provides either shelter, food, or habitat for many different mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.
Coastal Dunes also play an important part in protecting the coastline from hurricanes and tropical storms. While living on the upper end of the East Coast we are not plagued with as many hurricanes, it is important to remember that they are a possibility and to be ready for them when they come! A successful dune ecosystem will be able to offer protection to the many beach homes which line the dunes. With the understanding that climate change is causing sea water levels to rise, we will be relying on these dunes more and more for protection against storm damage.
And finally, Always remember to stay off the dunes! They’re absolutely beautiful, and we understand the desire to explore them, however many dune plants are totally intolerant to soil compaction from foot or vehicular traffic. Aka: walking in the dunes could kill the plants. If that isn’t enough of a deterrent, there’s often a lot of poison ivy in there anyways, so you might as well stay outta there for that reason too. 😉
Thanks for reading! Comment or Private Message for any questions about dune restoration or just restoration in general!
Time to start thinking about Mother's Day!
Our herb garden starter kits include six rustic-chic coco coir pots for growing basil, dill, and parsley seeds, which are included. In the box there's also wood herb markers to help figure out who's who in your garden and nourishing soil wafers to promote growth.
Needless to say, it makes a wonderful gift. 😊
🌸 dirt therapy this morning 🌸🌱
🌷I can’t really explain what I love so much about gardening....part if it is fresh air and sunshine, part if it is the effort of planting something, caring for it, and helping it develop and grow 🌱 into its full potential (without the pressure of say a pet or a child 😂), and part of it really is the physical exertion—the feel of the dirt on your hands, the feeling your muscles get from doing the work, it’s all wonderfully and gloriously therapeutic and truly grounding (pun intended 🥁) My yard is a living canvas, I put a lot of effort into it with researching what will grow in my area in #southeastcolorado and many things I plant do not survive. It’s all part of the process! Discovering my passion in my yard has truly been soul-enriching, and has made spring my absolute favorite time of year 🌷🌱
💚 If you made it this far (thanks for reading 😉) my new babies from High Country Gardens are: catmint (pictured next to a mature plant that is 3+ years old), bee balm, and iron weed. All three are shades of purple 💜 Topping off with current blooms of #blueflax and #sandcherry
I get a lot of questions about Victory Gardens, so today on the blog I’m clearing up the confusion. Link in bio to read what they are, and why we should grow them! I know most of my Instagram friends are garden experts, so if you already know, take a look and let me know if I missed anything 😉
Look at how much they’ve grown! Salvaterra’s select, Amish Paste and Italian Heirloom organic seeds from @seed_savers_exchange This is my first season growing tomatoes from seed from their company and I’m thrilled! ❤️ Using Jiffy Organic soil mix & Garrett juice from @thedirtdoctor Pre-made from Lowe’s!
Although I’m horrible at remembering to plant them in time, my overwintered geraniums are blooming! In the fall I dug my geraniums out, shook off the soil and put them in a large yard waste paper bag in a cool + dark spot. In early spring I pulled them out, soaked them for a day or two and then potted them. I’m still waiting for growth on a few of them but others are looking great already. For full disclosure: I would describe myself as an amateur gardener so I think I’m missing a few steps involving hydrating monthly over the winter but if you’re lazy like me, this seems to work too. #lowwaste#zerowasteliving#geraniums#sustainablegardening#overwinter#homegarden#growityourself
Just a photo of one of our hens. We have Red Sex Links and Isa Browns. We rotationally graze our birds for optimal health of the birds, to build soil and regenerate the land. They can also be used to prepare new ground for planting. They also... lay eggs. We love having chickens on the farm.
Momma Jackdaw! This queen has built her nest in the roof of our house. We are taking it as a sign from the universe that we were meant to be here! And we should prob redo the roof at some point.
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Garlic being soaked. Hopefully this will give it a kick start.
I will keep those indoors until it starts to shoot and grow roots before planting them in the ground.
Have you planted your garlics yet for the season?
🌿SUSTAINABLE GARDENING🌿 So yesterday was Earth Day, but I’d argue that the planet should have more than one day a year. Loads of people on here suggesting accessible, inspiring ways of being more green, but seeing as it’s mostly plants here, I figured I’d share some tips on how to grow things in a way that’s kinder to the world around us:
1. Peat free compost. I use New Horizon because it’s the most accessible in London garden centres. But I gather Lidl and other supermarkets are offering it too. Peat bogs don’t need raiding for our plants.
2. Re-use your pots. Black plastic isn’t recyclable, and until we can change plant suppliers’ minds on that we’ve got to re-use them. Pot on seedlings, put them in your garden, but don’t just throw them away.
3. Grow from seed in leftover fruit and veg punnets (they come with drainage holes!)
4. Don’t use chemicals. Aphids are annoying but there are plenty of organic pest-control methods that don’t decimate our insect population. Soap spray is worth a try, and increasingly I’m just leaving them be - they’re food for the ladybirds and the birds.
5. On that note: think of bee-friendly plants when planning what to grow. Who doesn’t want bees in their garden? Furry frens!
6. Try and save rainwater: really difficult in a small urban gardening space but there are some ingenious options if you look into it. If you’re blessed with a garden, get a water butt. Your plants will thank you, too.
7. Get into composting - because there’s got to be a better way than both taking out your food waste *and* buying compost. Again, challenging in a small space but look for local community gardens or composting collaboratives that will take your food waste. My old housing estate used to have one and it was the best.
8. Try and get your tools and pots second-hand: car-boot sales and Facebook marketplace often have them (and so cheaply!)
9. Plant-swap! Got too much of something? See if another gardening pal wants it - and you might get something fun back.
10. Grow your own food. Doesn’t have to be everything - I just do herbs, because of my shady little plot. But even that means less plastic to landfill and far more delicious dinners.
Earth Day… When I think of what needs to be done, should be done, by me, by others to truly step up and care for the Earth in the way she deserves, it’s a bit overwhelming. 🌏
When I think of my impact, the waste I leave, the air I pollute, the food system I support, it is easy to get sucked into despair.
I’ve spent quite some time dwelling in that anguish and feeling so powerless. Searching for the answers that aren’t really there. Even if I had all the solutions, I would still be just this tiny little voice, in a sea of chaos and hunger, endless consumption, and cries for bigger, better, and more.
I have learned to let go of the things I cannot change. Although it still gets to me sometimes, I realize that despair, guilt and helplessness certainly aren’t the answer, and they will never be the powerful catalyst for change that needs to happen. Inspiration, education, and deep moments of connection are far more trans-formative and that is the direction I am aiming for.
It is so painful to see what we are doing to our home, but there is also hope, as I do see people beginning to awaken, to have awareness, and to find ways to change.
Will it be enough? Perhaps not, but we have to try.
For the creatures, the trees, and the children, we have to try…
The great Earth has given us everything. Everything.
Bless her, nourish her, do not take more than you need. Fill her gardens, keep her clean. Give, do not just take.
Happy Earth Day…. #earthday#earth#carefortheearth#sustainable#sustainableliving#healtheearth#herbs#herbalplants#herbalmedicine#healingplants#herbalhealing#holistichealing#holistic#healing#sustainablegardening#sustainablemedicine#herbalist#herbalists#growyourown#mothernature#earthmedicine#descendantbotanicals#healingspiral
Keep our planet strong and the adventures long 🌍 ...
lately I have been striving to do better for the planet including metal straws, bringing my own to go boxes and using reusable mugs and bottles. I have also started a garden to sustain my boyfriend and I. However, these tasks are not for everyone and don’t work all the time and I understand.. maybe your running late to a workout you grab a plastic cup or bottle.
But even if you remember once or you choose the sustainable option sometimes, that’s better then nothing! The fact that you are conscious about the problem is a huge step in the right direction. Keep up the good work everyone, one small change for the better at a time! ...
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