Winter 2011 is Finally Here!
|Patti Moreno|From the Sustainable Home front...
Another gardening season is coming to and end for many of us and what a gardening season it has been. For many of us it was a wet one, but others suffered record heat and drought. Gardening is different every year and Mother Nature is unpredictable. For me, it was another fun filled season of trying new edibles and adding native plants to my landscape. I also spent 4 months researching and writing a new book. In my research, I came across a text that said it takes 12 years to realize a garden landscape. 12 years seems like a long time, but to me reading this was a comfort. I found comfort in it because it gave me a new understanding of my role as a gardener in the 21st century. There's no room for instant gratification in today's gardening. I don't have to worry if everything I want to accomplish in the garden are completed or even successful year after year. Gardeners, take your time, dream and realize the natural world outside your door and continue at a slow, but steady pace finding joy in the process day by day and year to year. For me, gardening doesn't end when the first snow covers the ground, it's part of the process. Once the ground is thawed and new leaves begin to appear on the trees it's just a continuation, another season to live as a collaborator with nature.
In this issue of Urban Sustainable Living Magazine read my story on the best native edibles to plant in the fall. Melissa Allard reviews the new movie "Truck Farm" and contributor Mike Marino talks fiber art. Community gardens are key in Urban landscapes so in this month's photo gallery we feature images from my hometown community gardens. Fall is a time to collect seeds so garden writer Nan Chase gives us some great tips for seed saving and collecting. Want the ultimate sustainable lifestyle? Read about the Tiny Tumbleweed House and a chance to own the first one ever built.
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In the midst of all of my spring gardening bliss, I did manage to get this issue of Urban Sustainable Living out so I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your support!Happy Gardening!
Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl