Kids in the Wildlife Garden: What is a Native Plant?

written by Christy Peterson and posted on one of my favorite websites Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

Much of the material I write is ultimately intended for kids. “Native” and “invasive” are deceptively simple words that describe complex concepts. I know many of you are working hard to create habitat with native plants in their yard. You might find yourself in the position of sharing the concepts of “native” and “invasive” with children or curious neighbors. I thought I’d share how I explain these ideas to students.

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New environmentalism needed for California water

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By Jay R. Lund

California needs a new environmentalism to set a more effective and sustainable green bar for the nation and even the world.

For decades, we have taken a “just say no” approach to stop, prevent or blunt human encroachments onto the natural world – often rightly so. Early environmentalism needed lines in the sand against rampant development and reckless industrialization and achieved widespread success. Our air and water is now cleaner even with population and economic growth. Industry, for the most part, is now accountable for its wastes.

Yet, despite these important gains, the classical environmentalism of “no” will ultimately fail. We must shift to “how better?”

Despite decades of earnest efforts and expenditures, human influence on the natural environment continues to grow, albeit at a slower rate. Native species continue to become endangered. Tens of thousands of inadequately tested chemicals still remain in use.

Carbon exhausts…

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Wholistic Tree Care – Dr Lee Klinger

Dr Klinger has focused on soil health for protecting trees,  taking time to watch, understand historical context and native peoples traditions.  He understood that fire is essential for maintaing minerals in healthy soils.  Without fire, acid builds up in soil.  Acidic soil has less nutrients available.  Raking to remove leaves reduce minerals in the soils.  The oldest part of tree is most susceptible to disease.  Nothing should touch the base of tree, which is the most susceptible part of the tree as an avenue for pathogens.  Cracks in bark are a clear sign of mineral deficiency, and are entry points for pathogens.

It is important to treat the whole organism and environment–start with soils and bark. Treatment methodology:  Azomite (volcanic ash:contains about 75  elements besides N-P-K), a soil sweetener (has azomite plus 50% of its is CaCO3 ),  treatment underneath dripline of tree. Don’t use Magnesium unless indicated.  Spread compost over tree line, water in the Azomite.

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