Monday, March 31, 2014

SPRING FEVER

            Gardeners on Cape Ann are anxious to get outside after a particularly cold winter with some snow cover.  Many of my friends have their seeds ready for planting and are dreaming of yards and pots filled with flowers.  Lets face it plants cheer us up, everyone gets excited when bulbs emerge in early spring. On the other hand, my colleagues are hustling to finish taxes and sort out health insurance premiums before the work season commences.  Myself, well I am pursuing another blog.  In so doing I am continuing my educational endeavors, to teach everyone how to garden without harmful chemical products. The decision to title it Nicotiana was to convey the notion beauty can be a deceiving diva.  This is most clearly illustrated by the pursuit of the perfect lawn. Every year millions of Americans will buy products filled with harmful compounds to kill weeds and insects in their lawns because of the powerful advertising that has you convinced this is the thing to do. Unfortunately when applied these products kill more than their intended target.  It is without any doubt I believe many of our diseases and chronic illnesses are influenced by this type of environmental pollution. We are already dealing with an excess of chemical waste why not limit your total exposure to these toxins by keeping your homes green and clean.  Ten years ago I was trained by NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) to be an accredited organic land care professional.  We design, develop, and maintain landscapes guided by an approved set of standards for organic compliance.  My blog will be both philosophical and informative.....I am passionate about plants and attend many horticultural workshops ranging in topic from orchids to orchards.  Botanical histories and illustrations are particular interests of mine.  I feel the fever rising.... Green in various tones and shades will emerge and I will be busy exploring the earth, contemplating Nicotiana.