Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I had a great time with the Woodcroft Women's Club on Monday night. I presented a talk on "Sustainable Landscape Design" with an emphasis on building landscapes that last and have a positive impact on the environment. There were a number of questions after the talk that I promised I would address in a blog post. First, we talked about what I feel is the best mulch to use- leaf compost. It's what mother nature puts down in our forests once a year, so it should be good enough for us. A source for leaf compost in the Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Southeast Durham is Area Mulch and Soils. They only deliver to a few places in Durham, so not a total solution. The Carrboro Public Works department also has leaf compost periodically that you can pick up yourself. Visit their site to learn more. I couldn't find any mention of it there, but the contact info is there to learn more about what they offer. Also, I gave a lousy definition of Greensand, a common ingredient in a number of organic fertilizers. Here's a better one. We talked alot about soil building, and how important it was to healthy plants. Here's an article that gives a good overview of the topic, albeit it's on a website trying to sell you stuff. Ignore the product placements, and you'll get some good info. We also talked alot about fungi and how important a good fungal colony in the soil was to healthy plants. Here's a short piece of information about how that works. Here's where you can get fungal innoculants for your soil through the web. I have used the Mychorrizal Landscape Innoculant on that page and have had great results. If there are any other questions I didn't answer from the talk, please comment on this post with a question and I'll respond. If you weren't at the talk and have a related question on the topic, feel free to add a comment as well.

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  1. Stefan, we thoroughly enjoyed your talk at the Woodcroft Women's Club and I think we all learned something! I had one more question...could you tell us where we can find a list of native plants?

    Thanks so very much for giving us your time and being so informative and interesting!
    Cindy

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  2. Cindy,
    Here's a nice link to a list with photos of plants suitable for NC Native Gardens. It's on the Ladybird Johnson Wildlfower Center website, and the list was compiled by the NC Native Plant Society

    List: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?start=0&collection=NC&pagecount=10&pagecount=100

    NC Native Plant Society Website: www.ncwildlfower.org

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