This Friday, April 22 we will celebrate Earth Day, originally planned 52 years ago to bring a billion people into the streets to let our leaders know for sure that the health and resilience of our planet and our environment is of the Utmost Importance. Since then, a lot has changed on our planet. Fortunately, many of us have awakened to a new paradigm that respects, honors and stewards the planet and its intricately connected living systems. New generations are growing up with the inspiration to live more simply so that others may simply live, and to make the regeneration of Earth’s balance their life’s work.
For Harlequin’s Gardens, every day is Earth Day, yet Earth Day is still special. Harlequin’s Gardens has been a pioneer and leader in sustainability in the nursery industry and a vehicle for an amazing selection of organic veggie, herb, fruit plants, a wide range of Native and Colorado-adapted, low-water/low input plants, as well as classes and advice on all aspects of organic gardening.
Let’s just do what we can do every day and fix up what is within our gardens and community and planet. Humans caused these problems; humans can fix them. We need to work with great care and ingenuity and gentleness. And we need to act locally, politically, and globally. We love the folks who come to Harlequin’s Gardens because you are people who have a heart and who know that what we do in our gardens affects our pollinators, our surrounding environment, and our planet. Our inheritance is the new story that it is our responsibility and opportunity to heal and save our Planet Earth by caring for Life.
HERE are a few ideas of what we can do to save the planet:
1. Wean ourselves away from petroleum: it’s everywhere; find alternatives to plastics, fossil fuels, chemical fertilizers, chemicals.
2. Group plants by water needs and choose water-wise plants.
3. Plant for habitat for soil life, insect life, bird life, plant life.
We are very excited that sustainability and resilience are now popular goals and visions of many people and municipalities. In just the last decade or so, people have grown to appreciate the importance of bees, pollinators, and native plants. We are learning about how important our gut microbiome is to our health, and the value of the soil microbiome to Life on Earth. There are even a few nations that honor the Rights of Nature.
Coinciding with the celebration of Earth Day, the Lyrid meteor shower, one of the oldest known meteor showers, peaks overnight on April 22.
Millions of people are returning to the vision of the Victory Garden. We are growing our own healthy food and growing beautiful gardens without poisons.
Cheerful Earth Day 2022!
Here’s to our health and to the health of the Earth!