DIYLife’s Gift for Earth Day

Free Seed Packets from DIYLife are GardenWise!

We saw this offer on and couldn’t resist sharing the info!  FREE  wildflower seeds for the first 1,000 people who list an item on Diggerslist.   We could recap DIYLife’s story, but we just wouldn’t do them justice, so here in their own words on the GardenWise blog . . .  

“Need that extra push to get rid of those old kitchen cabinets, windows or a loveseat? Here’s the perfect incentive: If you’re one of the first 1,000 people to post an item for sale on DiggersList before the end of the month, the site will thank you with a package of seeds sent right to your door.

We love everything about this plan because good stuff just keeps coming:  Once you post the items, people can sign up to buy them and place them in good homes — places that will actually use that bamboo flooring sitting in your garage.  That leaves you with money in your pocket (your online bank account) and those seeds for you plant anywhere in your house or garden.

Feeling extra eco-ambitious? We dare you to invest the money you make from the sale to buy earth-friendly products like green outdoor furniture, lighting and paint.”

Thanks, DIYLife!  And as Whoopi Goldberg used to say in those old MCI commercials, “…ain’t no better savings than free, honey!”

Don’t Be a Fool; Lose Your Lawn!

Replacing Lawns with Groundcovers is GardenWise 

 A thoughtful understanding that an  outside space can have a positive impact the environment is the best first step to a green garden.  Another important step to take is to reduce your lawn area by at least half.  To the left is a GardenWIse garden using only groundcovers, no grass!

Substitute lawn areas with ground covers that will provide beautiful colors and textures to your spaces. Groundcovers also help retain moisture in the soil and  help prevent erosion.  Creeping thymes and Creeping Jenny (my favorite) are good choices for sunny spots, and for shadier areas,  tiny creeping mints such as Mentha requienii will do well. Black Eyed Susan grown en masse make for an eye-catching and bright display.  Some nice low-water  choices include Trailing Yellow Dalea and Trailing lantana.  Adding stone elements and pourous pavers can help create wonderful garden paths.

Another substitute?  Vegetables. A small area dedicated growing your favorite vegetables that you can inexpensively install yourself will transform the most unproductive area of your landscape.

GardenWise Fall Tips in AARP The Magazine



GardenWise’s J. Mark White is in very good company in the September issue of AARP The Magazine ( “the world’s largest-circulation magazine, with more than 47 million readers”) as writer Cathie Gandel shares Fall 2010 gardening tips from landscape experts and garden writers.  Mark shares an easy to follow tip on reducing a lawn area by half and replacing it with groundcovers and perennial grasses.  Come spring, you’ll have a more productive space, and here’s another “green” idea: take it a step further next year and reduce your already reduced lawn areas AGAIN by adding an area for vegetables.  Talk about making your garden more productive  and “green! ”  

Be sure to check  it out at AARP online.