Useful web links

Fertilization: Natural vs. Chemical

Water Pollution 101

Recommended books

Introduction to Composting

Composting guidelines

Composting method

Water Pollution 101

According to the EPA, storm water run-off is the leading cause of pollution to our waterways.

Water Pollution

We all live in a watershed, which means that everything we put onto the ground will ultimately end up in the water system by way of storm water run-off.

The Cape Fear River is our source of drinking water for the Wilmington area. It is polluted with millions of pounds of toxic lawn and garden chemicals every year. The cost of water treatment to remove these chemicals is steadily increasing. By adding toxic components to our landscapes we are contributing to the deterioration of our quality of water and increasing its cost.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Americans alone churn through 75 million pounds of pesticides each year to keep the bugs off their peapods and petunias. When those chemicals get into waterways, fish ingest them and become diseased. Humans who eat diseased fish can themselves become ill, completing the circle wrought by pollution.

Water utilities in the Midwest spend $400 million each year to treat water for the chemical pesticide Atrazine.

Every year the Mississippi River carries 1.5 million tons of nitrogen fertilizer into the Gulf of Mexico. There it creates a dead-zone the size of New Jersey.