There is much talk lately of sustainable living. Use of renewable resources and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. That is all well and good but how does that effect the home gardener. Sustainability is the realization that we are responsible for the earth during our stay here and we need to be responsible for what we do to insure that future generations will have the same opportunities. In other word filling the oceans with oil is not healthy or safe for the environment.
So are we talking about organic gardening here or what. Well in a way yes but it goes beyond that we are talking about adapting methods that will preserve and enrich the earth that we live on. One of the biggest concerns a lot of people have now a days involves providing the family with safe nutritious food. With food be transported from everywhere and arriving on the grocery store shelves one does not know how it was grown and what kind of exposure it has had to pesticides or even diseases.
This in part is responsible for a surge in home vegetable gardening. People want to provide a safe food supply for their family so are starting to once again grow their own . This has also lead to a surge in farmers markets where fresh nutritious food is available from locally grown sources. Even a small home garden can provide a large supply of healthy nutritional food.
Every thing is connected. When food is transported from far away a lot of energy is used to get the food there. The more transportation the more co2 that is released into the air. By nurturing the earth we help to reduce some of the damage being done. No one individual can solve these problems but globally millions of people all doing small things can make a huge impact.
Starting your own vegetable garden is a step in the right direction that will not only help the earth but will pay you back a dividend too. By adapting organic methods in your garden you can increase the nutritional value of the food you are growing while helping to rebuild the earth. The use of recycling and re-purposing will help to keep our earth from turning into one big landfill. By using chemical free gardening methods you will be making a positive impact on the environment as well as you own community.
If you don’t think that this kind of a commitment is really going to change the world that is alright too. It will however change your and your family’s life and be a positive force which can never be a bad thing.