To eat healthy, save money and save the planet's resources, nothing beats growing your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and beans - whether in your own backyard or in a community garden. One of the advantages is controlling exactly how it's grown, ensuring it's 100% organic and pesticide free.
Commit to 100% organic
Designing a sustainable garden - that will create a healthy environment for plants and the life within it - and your own health, means never committing to any chemicals. Chemicals cause massive damage and have detrimental consequences. Spraying pests with petrochemical pesticides, irritating weeds with toxic herbicides, and feeding your plants with inorganic fertilizers that contaminate and pollute your soil and groundwater should never be an option.
Find creative ways to reuse resources
It should be used by using materials that are long-lasting and avoid constant waste.
For example, use bamboo or other renewable resources. Consider recycling and reusing household items to use in your garden, rather than always buying new ones.
Passively harvest water
Try to get as much rainwater as you can. Some easy ways to save and reuse water are:
• buckets in the shower;
• rainwater tanks or rain barrels;
• permeable surfaces such as mulch rather than hard landscaping, which allows moisture to penetrate the ground.
The benefits of harnessing water for your garden are obvious: reducing soil erosion and maximizing available moisture for healthy plant growth, avoiding waste.
Choose plants wisely
Grow a wide variety of plants to create a balanced ecosystem that sustains itself at the same time. Even if you have a tiny space, always include some beneficial insect flowers and hardy herbs that provide culinary and medicinal uses.
Create a Zero-waste Garden
Think about it: in nature, there are no dumps. No landfills. No evictions! Everything that was once alive breaks down and these nutrients are recycled back to fuel new life. The closed-loop system. Smart, huh? So why do our gardens study to be different?
We just need to take a sheet of nature's book and see the value of what we normally call "trash". It's time to change habits! If you don't eat a trash can, how would you creatively reuse or dispose of your trash?