As our natural resources are strained, gardening sustainably is one tangible way we can take responsibility for protecting and restoring the environment.
Beautiful gardens today are based on a sophisticated understanding of ecological principles, rather than the old paradigm of strictly cosmetic appearances. Toxic chemicals and dependence on petro-based commercial fertilizer are no longer considered viable. One of the last frontiers of the residential landscape is not visible to the eye, but is underground. The lack of appreciation for soils is one of the most profound failings of the conventional landscape development approach.
Sustainable design begins with a commitment to recognizing that soil is a living ecosystem.
Plant selection that emulates the natural surrounding is another component. Edible gardens mixing trees, shrubs and perennial crops together create foundations for garden ecosystems.