Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

Earth Kind is not just for roses

Someone mentioned Earth Kind roses in a comment a few months back. I had meant to talk about the Earth Kind program sooner but so many topics, so few posts. Many of you are familiar with the Earth Kind roses but there is more to Earth Kind than just roses. Its main purpose it to promote environmental awareness. It is the belief of Earth Kind that “A healthy environment starts in your own backyard.”

Earth Kind uses research-proven techniques to provide maximum gardening and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting our environment.

The objective of Earth Kind is to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles to create a horticultural system based on real world effectiveness and environmental responsibility.

The EarthKind program is a program brought to us by TAMU and Texas AgriLife Extension. On their website you’ll find information about urban gardening that is kind to the environment.

Everyone I know who has Earth Kind roses raves about them. They grow and thrive will very little care. If you love roses but are having trouble growing them in Texas be sure to look for Earth Kind roses at your local nursery.

There is also a Plant selector. You enter your zip code and you can get a list of all recommended plants in your area, or just certain ones.

Earth Kind also has several publications on environmentally friendly gardening in Texas.

There is also an Earth Kind Master Gardener Online Training Course for those of you who don’t have the time for the traditional Master Gardener course.

Did you know the average Texas household uses 6,000 gallons of water in January and 16,000 gallons in August? Those extra 10,000 gallons of water per month per household are for watering lawns and gardens. A little bit of conservation ( mulch, use waterwise plants, plant water loving plants in wet areas of your gardens, and dry loving plants in dry areas ) would go a very long way to conserving our water. Don’t just turn on the sprinkler. Stick your finger in the ground and see if the garden actually needs water.

Do you know you need to add organic matter every year to your garden? If you add it as mulch, that will help conserve water. Organic material does not last long in hot, humid climates. House plants that have been mulched use 25% less water. Outside the conservation is even greater.

If you use native plants they will need less water, less chemicals and less care from you. Earth Kind plants are all developed to do as well as our native species.

This climate leaves little organics or nutrients in the soil. But don’t just dump out fertilizer. Have a soil test done, or do your own and use only what you need. Nitrogen washed into the gulf kills.

To learn more about environmentally friendly urban gardening visit the many resources Earth Kind has made available and look for the Earth Kind label when you purchase plants.

See also:
The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
Soil Testing