As the climate crisis continues here in Canada and throughout the world, more and more people are looking at ways in which they can help reduce their carbon footprint. One method we’ve been hearing a lot about here at Sproutbox Gardening is sustainable gardening.
Sustainable gardening is a process that could help individuals reduce their carbon footprint in various ways, so it’s easy to see why it’s becoming more widespread. Yet many people are unfamiliar with this subject, and many are questioning just how much of a difference sustainable gardening could really make.
Let’s take a closer look at the truth about sustainable gardening
What is Sustainable Gardening?
Sustainable gardening is a method of gardening that uses no harmful pesticides while encouraging continuous harvests from plants. This means buying far less produce, as crops continue to regrow each season, while eliminating any harmful chemicals commonly used in pesticides.
In doing so, gardeners greatly minimize their impact on the environment and become more self-sufficient, growing much of their own food straight from home.
Why Should We Consider Sustainable Gardening?
Many people question whether sustainable gardening even makes a difference. How much of a positive impact can the habits of individual gardeners have on the environment?
Quite a lot, in fact!
People often overlook the impact that buying fresh produce has on the environment. Some go to the store and buy their fruits and vegetables, without thinking too much about how they were grown or distributed throughout the country.
The truth is, a lot of these products have been grown in greenhouses, transported hundreds of kilometres, and stored using plastic.
All of these have an impact on the environment, so by growing produce at home and not buying as much from grocery stores, you are actively lowering your carbon footprint. Now imagine every Canadian did this – the impact would be significant.
Moreover, sustainable gardening has many benefits for the individual. You get to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air, get the fulfilment of growing your food, and feel good that you’re doing your part to help the environment.
Plus, freshly grown food tastes incredible and you’re likely to save plenty of money in the long-term!
Using Raised Beds for Sustainable Gardening
The idea of suitable gardening can feel daunting for beginners, so we always recommend starting off somewhere simple – raised bed gardening.
Whether you are short on space or not an experienced green thumb, we highly recommend raised bed gardens. This is the process of using raised beds to grow your crops throughout the season.
This is perfect for sustainable gardening as raised beds provide flexible growing conditions. You can grow whatever seasonal crops you want, alternating throughout the year to ensure there is always something growing.
Plus, raised bed gardens make growing fruit and veg much easier, as you have a lot more control over growing conditions. The conditions also make keeping out nuisances like weeds and pests much simpler.
As a result, sustainable gardening methods, such as using no pesticides, is more viable for gardeners thanks to raised bed gardens.
Be sure to check out Sproutbox Garden’s modular raised garden beds if you want to try your hand at sustainable gardening. They offer plenty of space for growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables, making it easy to become self-sufficient!