1. DON’T use chemicals in your yard or garden, as much as possible. I believe that chemicals hurt the environment, the insects, the animals that eat the insects, the crops, and they ruin your yard for the future families that will live there. We all share this world, this space. And we all need to do our part to keep this place healthy and going strong. Over-use of chemicals affects the environment. It might not seem like much for you to do it, but multiply that little bit by every home in your neighborhood and it really adds up. It affects our water quality, the air we breathe, our country’s bees and crop pollination, and the quality of your soil.There’s a garden around here where the gardener has always used chemical fertilizers. For years and years. And after working in his garden, I can tell you that it’s dead soil. There is virtually no life in it at all. His soil is not even soil . . . it’s just dirt. And it’s compacted, hard, and dry to the touch. It’s not the fluffy, squishy, life-filled soil that we have in our garden. I planted 80-90 seedlings in his garden and found only about 2-3 worms, whereas I can find dozens and dozens in each of my garden beds. And not only are there no worms, but there are basically no weeds, even when the garden has rested for months. And when weeds won’t even grow in your dirt then you know it’s not healthy and can’t sustain life.
This is what my garden soil looks like:
This is what his looks like:
(Okay, technically that's the back of a toaster pastry. But that's what his soil would look like if it was lighter in color.)