Anita Morton - Growing Gardens
Happy New Year to all may your gardens flourish throughout 2007. Now is the time for New Year resolutions, so well all be slimmer, fitter and wealthier by this time next year maybe! Perhaps we should be making some resolutions about our environment, too. Many will have seen Al Gores startling film An Inconvenient Truth and will be considering how to limit their carbon emissions apart from the many possible household and transport economies, there are also gardening practices that can make a difference.
First, think about your lawn do you really need acres of energy-hungry grass? Replacing lawn with groundcovers or reducing the area and planting trees or shrubs instead will save the fossil fuels used to power your mower, and also lots of time you could be using for quality relaxation. Lawns also consume vast amounts of energy used to produce chemical fertilisers, herbicides etc. No lawn = big savings.
If you must have lawn, keep it small and buy a push mower. Use hand tools rather than electric of petrol powered machines. Sweep paths with a broom, not a blower. This will help you to stay fit your other New Year resolution!
Plant a tree or trees to soak up carbon dioxide. Trees are carbon sinks, as well as providing beauty, shade, habitat, flowers and fruit. Theres a suitable tree for even the smallest garden, so plant one today.
Become an organic gardener manure and compost dont create extra carbon emissions like the manufacturing of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Collect your organic matter or have it delivered in bulk to limit the number of vehicle trips. Make your own compost and mulch on site.
Grow your own vegies and fruit, instead of buying it, or patronise local farmers markets. Food grown locally saves on transport emissions. Every little bit helps!