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Wednesday
Apr222009

Earth Week: One Small Step...try gardening this year!

squarefootplantingWondering what you can do this week to save the world? Why not plant a veggie garden?

There are about a billion reasons to plant your veggies:

  • You'll contribute to the production of clean, fresh oxygen and increase the greening of our ever plant-depleted urban and suburban areas.

  • You'll reduce pollution - those plants are natural air scrubbers!

  • You'll reduce your carbon footprint by a ton - there's nothing more 'local' than a homegrown tomato.

  • You'll get a hands-on experience in caring for our planet that will stick with you forever

  • You'll save a ton of money on organic veggies.

  • You'll feel great knowing for sure that what you're eating is really organic, locally grown, and vine-ripened.

  • You'll be healthier, because you'll be getting in some exercise.


Gardening isn't just for people with thousands of acres and a view of rolling hills - anyone can do it!

container-gardenEven entrenched City-Rats can start a small container garden, like the one pictured to the right.  If you've got a terrace or a wide window, you've got the right conditions to grow your own food. A five gallon bucket or two can yield enough tomatoes, lettuce, peas or green beans to feed you and Pablo, your new boyfriend. If you're finicky, feel free to ditch the bucket and upgrade to a planter. You're bound to find something that suits your aesthetic .

In some urban areas, the buildings are even allowing container gardens (and more!) on the roof. Spend a little time growing dinner, and you might be able to "just happen" to invite that super hot chica in 2B to a 'spur of the moment'  dinner while you two are chatting over the communal watering can.

No space at all? Ask around - most large cities have sprouted communal gardens. According to the latest research, urban gardening is becoming as hot as a club on Saturday night. So why not hit the Scene? You'll take home dinner... and maybe a new friend or two.

square-foot-garden

If you've got any land - a yard, a lawn, a strip of dirt, you can get crazy. Did you know each square foot of earth can keep a single adult in salad all summer long? a family can eat an entire summer's worth of homegrown produce in the same amount of space as the average coffee table top. Just a single square foot - about as much space as a box of cereal - will save the average veggie eater $300.00 over the course of 3 months.

Want to do more? you can save the world even more - by planting an Extra Row for Hunger.  Growing food for those around you who can't afford it puts feet to your feelings and proves you're serious about loving your neighbor - even Mrs. Poscovitz, with the 13 cats.

Reader Comments (1)

Awesome post Naomi. We've been talking about starting a family garden for a while now. This may be just what I needed to get started!

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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