Since moving to this spot three years ago, I have used no harmful products on my garden and would like to encourage others in the neighborhood to do the same. Direct conversation on hot topics like this is a no-no in Seattle (we are the capital city of passive-aggressiveness), so a cute little sign seems like the way to go. I picked up a Pesticide-Free Zone sign from our local Audubon chapter and figured I’d put it in a prominent place out front.
Instead of buying a piece of lumber, I decided to reuse an old campaign sign post for the base and let my daughter decorate it with Sharpies. She worked really hard on it, drawing everything she could think of that is a part of our garden – flowers, ladybugs, worms, birds, dirt, rain, sun, and even a dastardly squirrel.
Dad was in charge of the drill (and only managed to make one smallish hole in the deck, whoops) but she got to try her hand at the screwdriver, with a little help.
All pounded in and ready to show everyone that it’s possible to garden without harmful chemicals. (I do wish the trailing rosemary behind it looked a little less dead-ish, like I’d doused it with Round-up… just too much snow~ I think they will have to come out pretty soon, the sight is just too depressing.)
Maybe I’ll submit a pic to the Pesticide Free Zone Photo Gallery, a very cute little virtual tour of gardens that feature this practice and are proud to show it.
You can order your very own sign for $13 from the National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns. Or, for Washington State residents only, you can fill out an online pledge form from the Washington Toxics Coalition and get one for FREE! Oh wait, I think I filled out that pledge too, it says I have to talk to at least three people about not using pesticides… uh oh! Well, maybe I’ll be out gardening in the parking strip and someone will comment on my daughter’s sign decorations and that will be a jumping off point for a civilized dialogue. We shall see!