Today, we're wrapping up our week of gardening tips from George Gibbs . Yesterday we covered composting . Today, we'll help you find your gardening zen.
#4: Care for every element.
“You have to have the
right conditions for almost anything.”
That includes measuring
soil pH and lead levels, and perhaps using a raised bed. That includes
observing your garden’s sun exposure — Gibbs has a northwest-facing space — and
working with plants that thrive in your garden’s available sunlight. And that
includes having a healthy gardener.
Just like gardens, every gardener has his or her unique requirements for a healthy life. Gibbs eats organically
raised fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. He doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t drink. He rolls with whatever may come.
And on Thursday nights, he contra dances.
Mackenzie Mount is an editorial intern at Sierra. She's cleaned toilets at Yellowstone National Park and studied sustainable cooking at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas.