08/26/15 6:00am
Credit: Monique Singh-Roy

The rain garden outside the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County office in Riverhead. (Credit:Cornell Cooperative Extension courtesy photo)

How many of us have gone outside after a rain shower to check on our garden? Did it get enough water? Does it need extra watering after several days without rain? Is it a lost cause without a little help from Miracle-Gro?

The desire for a beautiful garden is widespread, but these days more people are choosing to garden with a conscience, a task that involves less fertilizers and pesticides and more native plants.

That’s according to Robin Simmen, a community horticulture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in Riverhead.

“That’s the kind of gardening that people want to do,” she said. “More and more we’re seeing nationally that people have had a rise in consciousness about what they’re doing out there in the garden and want to be part of the solution, not part of the pollution.” (more…)