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Natural Pesticides and Fertilizers Keep Gardens Green

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By Roger Mari

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Along with thousands of acres of agricultural land in the islands, many Hawaii lawns and gardens stay green through the use of fertilizers and pesticides.

There is concern those chemicals could contaminate our water, but there is an effort underway to go green naturally.

Everything that goes in the ground could some day end up in our water supply. Today, about a dozen gardening enthusiasts learned how to make the natural fertilizers and pesticides. The Board of Water Supply will be required use them in order to keep the garden green.

Everyday natural materials such as vinegar, salt and hot peppers are ingredients in 18 recipes for natural fertilizers and pesticides. They will be used on plants at the Halawa Xeriscape Garden to reduce the amount of chemical pesticides and fertilizers going into the ground.

"Bringing the garden back and keeping the plants healthy and bugs away we need to go about it the all natural way," said Diane Moses of The Board of Water Supply.

The goal is to impress the importance of conserving water, and show how simple products can be put to better use in this effort.

"Everybody knows what's the right thing to do, but it's just to be aware to do things consciously," said Gardener Lois Cain.

In Hawaii keeping plants green is taking a lot of water.

"It's estimated that 50% of a household's water waste is used in our yards and our gardens," said Diane Moses.

The proof is in the potion. These natural fertilizers and pesticides are nurturing the plants and get rid of harmful bugs, at the Halawa Xeriscape Garden.

"Everything we do from here forward will be experience and it can only enhance our educational purpose to the community," said Diane Moses.

For now just a portion of the garden has been brought back to life, but the future smells good for this environmentally educational center.

"It will be interesting to watch the change, it will be obvious and interesting to watch," said Lois Cain.

The Board of Water Supply will continue to hold workshops on better gardening practices until the end of May. Next week it's how to catch water, after that, it's making compost with worms.

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