We are Green Gardeners in Santa Barbara, CA. We love to “feed the soil” with organic compost which we make ourselves or buy from a trustworthy source, organic worm castings from our worm bin and organic amendments that help correct any soil deficiencies. Organic soil care is particularly important for food crops like vegetables, tomatoes, herbs, berries and fruit trees, because all plants take up nutrients from the soil.
Beneficial insects include our pollinators! The flowering fruit trees, fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers are helping to keep our honey bees happy and vigorous. But, they aren’t the only ones! Do some research to find out who _your_ native plants are, what months do they bloom, which insects are in _your neighborhood_, both friends or foes! Local plant societies can help. Make a journal to record your findings. It’s tough work to figure out how to plant beneficial insect borders for your friendly insects (Green lacewing, etc.) to help defeat your insect foes (Aphids, etc.) Read this good article by copy and pasting into your browser: http://www.eap.mcgill.ca/PCBC_1.htm
Thank you for joining us as we do Pandemic Projects, meant to keep you energized, curious and learning!
Mrs. Nelson was a beloved High School English and Literature teacher, teaching during the 1950’s-1980’s in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Her favorite class was Science Fiction!
We honor her love of teaching and all the other teachers on both sides of our families, reaching back several generations and three countries. Join us and our friends as we create educational content for families to enjoy, together. These ‘Pandemic Projects’ will give you new ideas, a chance to slowly learn new skills, projects that can be done at home with a range of supplies- some found around your home and some that need to be purchased. Don’t be afraid to ask close family members if they have some of the tools or equipment and if they will help you learn. We’re “life long learners” around here.