|Wednesday What's New: Slow Gardening|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Wednesday, 01 February 2012|
Slow Gardening. Now there's a gardening practice that's right up my alley and maybe yours too. Akin to the Slow Food Movement, Slow Gardening is a term coined by a man named Felder Rushing. He's a retired horticultural extension agent from Jackson, MS, and the term "slow gardening" refers to developing you own personal philosophy about gardening. In other words, what's right for you and only you, not your neighbor down the street or keeping up with the latest gardening gadgets and techniques.
For example, if you're a lazy gardener plant a garden that requires little effort to take care of. If your favorite vegetables are tomatoes and cucumbers, then just plant these two vegetables. If you like fresh flowers in the house, pick a few varieties that hold up well and plant them. Slow gardening is also about enjoying your garden. If your flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, then why not make sure you have a nice garden seat where you can watch the action? You get the idea.
Not only that, Rushing is all for conserving and protecting resources. In the article he mentions that gardeners should choose plants that have little need for fertilizer, insect sprays or supplemental water once they are established. Hmmm...sounds a lot like eco-friendly gardening to me and that's a good thing.