We live in the awesome little town of Collingswood, New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, with our daughter, Mae, and pup, Buddy. We were drawn to this town for its character, community, walkability, parks, proximity to the city and general vibe, but there’s one thing it’s missing: expansive properties with diverse ecosystems. That doesn’t mean we can’t create a beautiful, eco-friendly oasis with the space we have, which is exactly what we and others here in Collingswood are trying to do.
After taking a walk through Longwood Gardens’ meadows and reading more about the impacts humans have on our ecosystems – and therefore water and air quality – we pledged to garden ecologically at home.
We read Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home and several other books, and realized that to stop environmental and ecosystem destruction, people like us would have to change. We started composting and replaced much of our lawn with beautiful, low-maintenance native plants. Birds and butterflies have since returned to our yard, and we’ve greatly reduced our water bill and eliminated our usage of harmful chemicals.
This blog will mainly focus on gardening with native plants, respecting and restoring our local ecosystem and instilling a sense of wonder and excitement about nature in our daughter, Mae.
And that’s not all. Because it can be challenging to find a good selection of native plants around here, we’re decided to host plant sale pop-ups in South Jersey beginning in April 2017. You will also be able to buy pollinator kits and other plants from us to be delivered or picked up on certain days from April through October.