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  1. katie

    really good ideas Nicole. I like the idea of Use Native Plants. this is what I do and it works best.

  2. Stacy

    These ideas seem really doable.

    I love collecting rain water just because it’s always fun to see how much it actually rained! the kids always like this too. (I’ve never heard of not being allowed to collect rain water. That is crazy! Some places have too many rules!)

  3. Jacqui

    What good ideas!!! Anybody know how to dissuade snails from making a meal of my plants in a humane way??


    • Kathryn

      My grandfather had a trick for dealing with slugs and snails. Next to the plants the slugs/snails like to eat, bury a shallow container so that the rim is level with the ground. Fill the container to the brim with beer. Slugs/snails are attracted to the beer, and they fall into the container and drown. It’s not terribly humane, but it’s pretty effective.

  4. Ben

    My struggle is with bugs. It’s hard keeping bugs under control without chemicals. I’ve done some testing of organic pesticides like vinegar and other sprays, and a lot of them seem to work really well though. I agree with you that the best way to deal with weeds is to just pick them. I’ve not thought about collecting rain water before for watering. That’s a great idea.

  5. Carmae

    Up until 2009, it was illegal here in Colorado to capture rainfall. Water rights in Colorado is a very touchy subject for some. Due to our obligation to provide water to others downstream, there’s a whole slew of regulations attached to the H2O in our state. Even now that it is half way ok to collect raindrops there are still stipulations on who can and what you can use it for. Here’s a link to more info.

  6. Kathryn

    We’ve found that one of the best eco-friendly ways to keep our lawn healthy is by using a mulching mower. It recirculates the cuttings through the blades so they get very small, then redistributes the cuttings back over the grass to act as fertilizer. You can get mulching mowers of every kind: manual, gas- or electric-powered, and riding mowers. In our experience, this method usually makes the grass so healthy that it needs little to no fertilizer, weed treatment, or water.

  7. Lorarian89

    Great tips!!! we always try to collect rain water to water our loan with!

  8. barak

    Thank you for all the lovley ideas to make my garden a safer place for the earth and for my children. Using a push mower will defintly make me muscular. And using a native plants is the best thing to do for your enviorment and for yourself.

  9. Mark

    thanks for sharing this! Really useful

  10. Isobel

    What an idea? “HOA claimed that they “owned” the water so he wasn’t allowed to collect.” I’m sorry it really sounds new to me and is fishy indeed.
    I do this tip on collecting rain water because it can save me on water bill.
    Thanks for sharing these gardening tips and your advocacy for a greener yard. Keep it up! 🙂

  11. Sonia

    I think collecting rainwater should be made mandatory in places where summers are quite common. With scientists predicting that our planet Earth will be facing acute water crisis by 2025, I think its time for us to do this small change to save our planet.

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