How Your Garden Can Improve Your Life

February 27, 2017Mandi Morrison

A little piece of soil on this earth is all we need to survive.  For centuries humans relied on what was provided by the natural environment.  Starting from our cavemen roots where we hunted for our food and ate only the things we could prepare by hand or find in the forests, this meant we were more active and eating clean.  As we progressed cavemen turned to farming which became a normal part of most family lives for centuries.  We fed our family only on the produce we farmed in our own gardens and small holdings.

As the human being developed so too did our technology and soon we saw large farms producing food which gave us less work to do at home and more opportunity to get out and start working.  Of course we soon found ourselves in a world of convenience foods and then came the global export and import of produce.  Meaning the food on our plates were travelling further and causing damage to the environment along the way.

We are now aware of how emissions impact on the planet but are often left wondering what we can do to help.  It’s actually relatively easy to make a small difference and if more of us did, we would see a huge impact on the world we live in.  Your garden is one space you can really add to your eco awareness.

Solar panels are a great way of harnessing the sun’s natural energy and with prices dropping all the time, you can make use of them in your home.  There are obvious benefits to your house but solar panels can also supply your garden with all you need to enjoy a garden full of produce.  Another natural resource is the rain.  Installing plenty of water butts in your garden means you can collect this water supply and then, using an irrigation system run from solar power generated by your panels, you can start to grow the best vegetable patch in your community.

You don’t have to have a huge amount of space.  There are lots of vegetables which will happily grow in pots or on the patio in growbags.  Cherry tomatoes are a great place to start.  Strawberries will also grow when potted and you can even manage small crops of green leafy vegetables such as kale or spinach.  If you have a larger garden you could have a supply of vegetables all year round.  Winter roots are fantastic and growing your own potatoes will change your whole idea of what a new potato is supposed to taste like! For the really adventurous you could keep your own hens and have instant access to freshly produced eggs.  All of this with no extra cost to your energy bill!

There are loads of ways we become a little more self sufficient and have a direct impact on the world around us.  You just need a little time and dedication and you will be making your life and the lives of those around you, a much better place.

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