Environmental Tips from Our Farmers
On our farming operations we strive to save water and use as little natural resources as possible. Here are some tips from our farmers on ways you can conserve resources in your own backyard:
Use drip irrigation on your plants if possible, and use the least amount of water the plants need. When you use a sprinkler head system for watering your plants, some of the water evaporates in the air before reaching the plant, wasting a valuable resource.
Use ladybugs to combat any aphids in your gardens. Aphids love to eat our tomato plants and rose bushes, and lucky for us, ladybugs love to eat aphids. Look for ladybugs at your local garden center, most stock them in the spring and fall.
Install solar lights for any outdoor lighting. You can find these at your local home improvement store and they are so easy to use an install. Just put them in the ground, no wiring and no hassle. Our farmers are increasingly using solar energy to power their operations.
Buy plants that are in environmental friendly containers. If you buy plants in plastic containers, recycle them or ask if you can bring them back to the garden center were you purchased them so they can be reused.
If you plant your own seeds, recycle an old egg carton to plant your seedlings in, be sure and punch small holes in the bottom for drainage.