In no particular order, here are a few of my wisherful things:
• A grey-water recycling system to turn water from showers or dishwashing into garden irrigation – like the one used by the Toronto Healthy House in Riverdale. (But it’s likely I’ll have to satisfy myself with our grandmother’s method. She used a basin for handwashing dishes, and she tossed the sudsy water onto her prize-winning garden.)
• A rainbarrel that doesn’t look like a prosthetic device. Like this Rain Catcher Urn from Garden Supermart.
[I should add that I have nothing against prosthetic devices; I wear two of them behind my ears. However, I welcome the day when industrial design focuses on making utilitarian things both highly functional and a treat to look at.]
• A green roof – make it a tapestry of alpine perennials. I’ve wanted a roof garden for the back of our house ever since I learned such things were possible. A couple of years ago, garden designers at Canada Blooms were all over roof gardens. But at the time $50 per square foot put it out of my price bracket – if I could have found a contractor to make one for me. The city has a green roof program for commercial and public buildings, but not too much seems to be happening on a residential front. It’s possible the new reno tax credits might help for some. We’ll see.
• A leaf shredder to quickly turn my maple leaves into organic mulch. Uncomposted organic matter does consume more nitrogen, so I’d have to compensate by adding a high-nitrogen amendment such as blood meal (or perhaps soybean meal for a vegan solution) to my composting mulch.
• A worm composting condo like the one I wrote about here just last spring. My intentions were good, but there always seem to be other pressing demands on the pocketbook.
I could go on and on, but work beckons. So I put it to you: What would you put on your garden’s wish list for Earth Day?