From organic fertilizers to yard art made from recycled aluminum, eco-friendly garden products are abundant.
If you’re wondering what happens to all those two-liter soda bottles piled at your local recycling center, here’s at least one answer: They’re turned into hammocks. What better way to enjoy the seasons of your natural garden than in a recycled- content hammock? The “Envirope” hammock, made from recycled soda bottles and polyester, is available at Green Culture. (877) 204-7336.
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1. Organic hemp gardening gloves are free of herbicides and pesticides, durable (natural hemp fiber is three times stronger than cotton), and lightweight. Gripper dots make for easy tool handling. $8.95 a pair from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. (888) 784-1722.
2. Give your garden’s ecosystem a bright, beautiful boost by attracting birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects with organic flower-seed mixes. Shown here are Seeds of Change's African lion’s tail, Hopi red dye amaranth, Tennessee echinacea, Mexican sunflower, South African pearl daisy, Pacific calendula, and cardinal flower. Seven-pack Earth Day Seed Selection: $14. (888) 762-7333.
3. Add a bit of whimsy to your watering routine with this rust-free, recycled-aluminum frog sprinkler that doubles as a piece of garden art. $49.95. Available at Green Culture, (877) 204-7336.
4. The sound of water brings peace and serenity to the garden. A single solar panel powers this five-tier, terra-cotta Cascade Fountain. Place it on your deck, patio, or in your garden; float blossoms in the bottom bowl and welcome the birds. $95. Available at Gardener’s Supply Company. (888) 833-1412.
5. Lustrous lawns without the use of synthetic fertilizers? Earth-friendly fertilizers containing naturally occurring minerals and beneficial soil organisms will green and thicken your lawn. $27.90 per 20-pound bag. Available at NaturalLawn of America, (301) 694-5440.
6. Organic bulbs burst forth with flowers that provide a blast of spring color to the earth-friendly garden. Netherlands-based Tulip World offers an assortment of certified organic tulip, daffodil, crocus, and other specialty bulbs. From $7.95 per package of ten.
7. Gasoline-powered lawn mowers are notorious polluters. Help clean the air and get some exercise while you’re at it with the “Mercedes” of push mowers, the German-made Luxus Brill 38. At only sixteen pounds, it’s light enough to hang on the garage wall or pick up with one hand. $199. Available at Sunlawn, (970) 493-5284.
8. If you’re wondering what happens to all those two-liter soda bottles piled at your local recycling center, here’s at least one answer: They’re turned into hammocks. What better way to enjoy the seasons of your natural garden than in a recycled- content hammock? The “Envirope” hammock, made from recycled soda bottles and polyester, is available at Green Culture. (877) 204-7336.
9. Your garden becomes a twenty-four-hour environment when you add outdoor lighting. Smith & Hawkin's solar-powered garden path lights charge by day, turn on automatically at dusk, and stake easily wherever you need light. Set of two: $99. (800) 940-1170.
10. Perfect for patio and deck gardens, these faux terra-cotta DuraPlanters and DuraBarrels (made to resemble old whiskey casks) are made from recycled plastics. A single fourteen-inch pot contains the equivalent of more than 2,500 square feet of post-industrial stretch wrap. $12.99 to $49.99, depending on size. Available at Worldwise. (415) 721-7400.
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