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April showers bring…the David Suzuki Digs My Garden Contest

Three Canadian growers sought for pesticide-free gardening stories
by Sutton Eaves
May 3, 2009


DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES MAY 8, 2009

As Canadians get ready to say hello to May flowers, gardeners from coast to coast are invited to show the rest of the country how growing without pesticides can create both a safe and stunning summer sanctuary.

The David Suzuki Foundation is looking for three brave Canadians to share the trials, tribulations and successes of their 2009 gardening season at it unfolds – from early efforts in soil prep and composting, through seeding and weeding, to reaping the joys of their harvest. It’s all part of the 3rd Annual David Suzuki Digs My Garden Contest, which has become a true Canadian perennial.

“Whether you’re a gardening guru or a planting virgin, we’re looking for someone passionate about telling their story and learning how to grow without synthetic chemicals,” says Suzuki’s Queen of Green Lindsay Coulter.

The three lucky gardeners will be profiled on www.davidsuzuki.org  using videos, blogs, pictures and stories that are updated daily. With some help from the pros, these gardeners will show the rest of Canada what it’s like to garden without the use of cosmetic pesticides – which were banned this year in Ontario and Quebec and could be headed that way in PEI and New Brunswick.

“Pesticides poison thousands of Canadians every year, even as they remain some of the most widely used chemicals in the world,” Coulter says. “Each person who makes the choice to garden pesticide-free is doing something great for both themselves and their communities. And we want to hear about it!”

As a reward for throwing open their garden gates, each of the storytellers will receive an ornamental garden gnome that bares an uncanny likeness to Canada’s best-loved environmentalist, David Suzuki.

Hundreds of Canadians sent in photographs and stories as part of last year’s contest, proving that gardeners can get their hands dirty and keep the planet clean at the same time. To check out past submissions, or to enter this year’s competition, visit www.davidsuzuki.org/

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