by Charlene Burgi
The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is gone, but not forgotten. The rave reviews coming back are enough to make us eager to dig into the next event! More than 800 people toured 32 gardens with cameras in hand and notebooks at the ready to add to the ever-growing “honey-do” list. Comments heard repeatedly throughout the day included: “How simple!” “Why didn’t I think of that?” “I can do that!” and so much more.
If you missed the event, or were unable to get to all 32 gardens, we are planning to upload pictures of the gardens to the web for everyone to view. Once we have all homeowners’ permissions, I will let you know where to find these digitally captured Marin treasures.
A big thank you is in order for all the volunteers and especially to Wendy, Elena, Ryan and Gina for making this such a spectacular event. And thank you, too, to all of you who attended!
On another note, as you can see, the weather remains unstable. We have been posting the Weekly Watering Schedule, yet my smart controller has only watered the garden once this spring. The plants aren’t wilted, the ground is damp under the mulch and more rain is predicted this coming week.
With the rain come snails. There are only stalks remaining from the zucchini and petunia starts. Without my free-range chickens, I am seeing an increase in not-so-beneficial insects. A friend suggested I attempt a night hunt to eradicate these destroyers. The hunt includes weapons like coffee cans filled with beer for slugs or hot oil for earwigs coupled with a flashlight attached to my hat. Anyone want to share their secrets on how to eliminate these pests?