When it comes to sustainability, one of the areas sorely neglected has been in terms of how gardening can benefit the environment. Whilst everyone strives to recycle and lower their carbon footprint, not many people actually understand just how much of an impact gardening can have on saving this lovely planet which is home to some 8.7 million species.
With 6.5 million of those species living on land and another 2.2 million in the oceans, isn’t it time we thought a bit further afield? Did you know that even a small garden plot can reap amazing benefits for Mother Earth? These four points should get you thinking of ways you can do your part in preserving life as we know it for generations to come.
1. Be a Part of the Collective Effort
As of the latest estimate, gardens in the UK account for more than 25 percent of trees and vegetation in non-forest areas. However, that is just a part of the reason why personal gardens are so beneficial. Consider for a moment all the commercial farming on a global level. The use of fertilisers, pesticides, petroleum products to run equipment, and so forth, is quickly polluting the earth, perhaps beyond repair if we don’t do our part as a collective whole. Each garden reduces the need for commercially grown produce and that all adds up in the long term.
2. Increase Photosynthesis to Decrease Global Warming
Even if you only have a small area to garden, photosynthesis is going to have a huge impact on eliminating those greenhouse gases that are polluting our atmosphere. Small gardens can increase the amount of green by using garden obelisks for vertical gardening when space is restrictive. Not only are they a lovely addition to your garden, but they increase the usable space many times over. Choose food-bearing vines for maximum results.
3. Water Conservation with Native Plants
Plants that are not native to any given area need extra care when gardening. Most are a heavy drain on water reserves, but it has been found that if you replace your lawn, or a portion of it, with plants native to the area, most species can thrive under natural conditions. In other words, if they are drought-resistant species, they can survive very long periods of time without the need to be watered.
4. Preservation of Wildlife
If you live in a rural area, some of the vegetation you plant could be of the type needed to feed local wildlife. Forest creatures have been wandering out more and more into inhabited areas to forage for food and so there is no reason not to plant vegetation they can thrive on. Many homeowners plant this type of garden outside the perimeter of their property fencing. It is a way to increase the amount of green on the planet as well as providing such things as berries that animals need to survive.
So then, the next time you set out the recycling to be collected or consider installing solar energy, remember, your efforts shouldn’t end there. If you really want to have an impact on the planet, consider going green in its original context – green the earth with a lovely and beneficial garden. Then you can truly say you are doing your part in preservation.