It’s Not Easy Being Green

In life and love there are inherent risks when we put ourselves out there. We risk confrontation, criticism, failure, and rejection. But if we don’t put ourselves out there, we risk losing the opportunities for new experiences, connection, growth, knowledge, and perspective. Apparently, the same is true for blogging. I learned yesterday that adding Scotts Miracle-Gro to soil is not a very green gardening practice, even though it produces large green plants. One might think that would be intuitive, knowing what we know now about fertilizers. But alas, my mother used the miracle stuff in the familiar green and yellow box, and so did I. However, I now know, thanks to a friend’s Facebook comment in response to my blog post, that ammonium phosphate and the other chemicals and even elements, like zinc and copper, contained in the fertilizer are actually toxic to the soil. Ironically, I am currently studying to become a LEED Green Associate and have been doing a lot of reading about storm water run-off dispersing contaminants like fertilizers into fresh water supplies. Why did I not connect the two? I don’t know. Feeling stupid, I stand admonished but enlightened. I will seek counsel regarding natural fertilizers like dehydrated cow manure, bat feces, and worms as I nurture my new garden. Interestingly, I have also learned that there are many contradictions in green practices. Like the new compact flourescent light bulbs that need special disposal because they contain mercury and recommended refrigerants that have less Ozone Depletion Potential but greater Global Warming Potential. Go figure. It’s a start in the right direction though, and we all need to start somewhere. No one said life or love, blogging, gardening, or saving the planet would be easy. It’s all a process. A series of changes in response to new experiences. So, take a risk, put yourself out there, and dive naked between the rocks into the freezing cold unknown waters of the rushing creek with your eyes wide open. In the end, you’ll be glad you did.

About Andrea Harbison

I have been a licensed Realtor since 2005, a Certified EcoBroker since 2009, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and a LEED Green Associate. I am a mother of three - one teenager and two adults! I am a NJ Certified K-8 Teacher and a PINJ registered Professional Development Instructor of Adults and Education Consultant PreK-8. I earned a double major Bachelor of Art's degree with honors in Environmental/Geo Science and Elementary Education from New Jersey City University. I sing professionally and enjoy music, literature, movies, biking, hiking, cooking, and travel.
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