Like any activity that takes place over time, gardening is both an immediate and a cumulative experience. We garden day to day and through the seasons, experiencing the satisfaction of tucking a seedling into the ground and of seeing it flower or produce months later.
Incorporating Bay-Friendly practices into your garden does not have to be difficult. In fact, many Bay-Friendly techniques can make gardening chores less of a chore. Using mulch for example, helps to build healthy soil, reduce waste and conserve water, but it can also save time spent weeding and watering in the garden.
Pictured below is a garden illustrating elements of a Bay-Friendly approach.
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||Contributes to a Healthy Environment|
Organic vegetable garden provides healthy, tasty produce throughout the year.
||Reduces Waste in the Garden|
Raised Beds are created from broken concrete and fence is constructed from reclaimed lumber.
||Creates Wildlife Habitat|
Bird-bath provides water for wildlife.
Lawn if front replaced with low water used native ground covers.
||Build Healthy Soil|
Repository for leaves to collect under trees as mulch.
||Protects Local Watersheds and the Bay|
Permeable paving on the driveway and front walkway prevents runoff.
Evergreen windbreak blocks north winter winds.
You can become a Bay-Friendly Gardener with these resources: