We are so passionate and excited about what this holiday means. It’s a great reminder that this is our only planet, and it is our duty to do what we can to take care of it. If we all do something small, together we can do something huge.
Here are some simple ways to be a little more Earth-friendly:
Be water wise
Understanding how much water we use can have a huge impact on your daily life. While gardening is wonderful, water waste is always a huge concern. The best way we've found to combat this is by using sub-irrigation. By putting a reservoir of water underneath the soil, the plants can actually drink when they're thirsty and stop when they're done. The top inch of soil will dry out forming a crust so that the soil underneath consistently stays moist. Sub-irrigation is the most water wise way to garden. Check out an earlier blog post to learn how simple it is!
If sub-irrigation is not for you, place plants with similar watering needs together. Rosemary is more drought-tolerant, tomato plants prefer to completely dry out between waterings, and celery can be a complete water hog, for example. Understanding plants' watering preferences is a great way to save water and help plants grow better!
Local farmers' markets and grocery stores that source from local farmers are a great way to ensure freshness and cut down on pollution from long-distance delivery trucks. It's hard to believe that only 25% of food consumed in a region is grown locally. You can help change that!
Eat the whole plant!
There are lots of plant parts that are amazingly healthy and delicious that often get discarded. Beet and radish greens and Brussels sprout leaves are mainly ignored, but can add a new flavor and richness to your favorite dishes. Some plant parts are not edible so make sure to do your research if you're not sure. By eating the whole plant, you're not only getting more vital nutrients in your diet, you're eliminating food waste and saving food from going in the trash.
Grow your own food
Growing your own food is an excellent way to use what you need and keep the rest on the vine or in the ground for later. You get the freshest possible produce without wasting what you don't need. Grocery store portions are often way too big for one recipe, especially with herbs, and it's hard to come up with another reason to use the rest of the ingredient before it goes bad. Growing your own food means cutting down on this waste. If you don't know where to start, contact us to set up a consultation. We would love to get you the garden you deserve!
There are tons of ways to reduce your impact on the Earth. If we all made these small changes, we would be celebrating Earth Day in good company.