Best for the Garden: Grace Note, Planet Natural, Sun Frost
Our top 9 ways to green up your yard.
Because they gobble up night-flying insects such as mosquitoes, bats can be a welcome addition to any yard. Lure these creatures into your garden’s ecosystem with Rubicon International’s recycled-plastic bat house, which can hold up to 150 bats. $80. (888) 478-2473; RubiconInternationalTX.com
Ladybugs help keep your garden healthy by feasting on unwanted pests. Just one of these brightly colored insects can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Order ladybugs from Planet Natural. $20.95 for approximately 4,500 ladybugs. (800) 289-6656; PlanetNatural.com
Every Adirondack chair made by Conversion Products takes 240 one-gallon milk jugs out of the waste stream. Conversion makes a variety of furniture that’s attractive and virtually maintenance free. Prices vary; Adirondack chairs start at $250. (888) 236-2212; ConversionProducts.com
Grace Note’s precision-tuned wind chimes come in a variety of tones, sizes and designs, all featuring strikers made from recycled lumber. More than 95 percent of the company’s production waste is recycled. $45 to $500. (800) 738-5242; GraceNotes.com
Access your garden’s secret places with Paloma Pottery’s stepping stones, infused with recycled glass collected from roadsides, trails and recycle bins. $60 each. (877) 669-0783; PalomaPottery.com
The Sun Frost Scrap Eater composter—made from recycled, solid-oak, Bordeaux wine barrels— doubles as a patio planter. Its sealed-bubble technology creates a miniature ecosystem that will feed the plants growing in the soil on the perimeter. $299. (707) 822-9095; SunFrost.com
Eden Bioscience’s Messenger plant food boosts plants’ immune systems without toxic chemicals. The product has received the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. $9.98 for three gallons. (888) 522-5976; EdenBio.com
Beckon butterflies to your garden by planting the Nature Store’s flower seed collections. The Garden Sprinkles ($3.50) or Scatter Garden ($12.95) kits create perfect butterfly habitats. (800) 345-1638; TheNatureStore.com
A must-have for every environmentally conscious gardener, Gayle Weinstein’s Xeriscape Handbook: A How-to Guide to Natural Resource-Wise Gardening (Fulcrum Publishing, 1999) is available on the Natural Home & Garden Bookshelf, page 95.