We all know that now more than ever climate change is at its worst. From wildfires to the pollution of the oceans, it is now more important than ever to do our part in helping the planet.
Gardeners are now starting to notice the challenges of climate change on their gardens. Unpredictable weather and extreme conditions (hot and cold) are making it harder to keep a garden and its wildlife thriving.
However, even with these challenges, gardening is still a vital part of helping in the fight against climate change.
So, what can you and your garden do to help?
Planting plants that have good pollination qualities and keeping them well kept after is a great way to start. These plants will provide a great place for butterflies and bees to pollinate. Pollination is vital for the foraging of crops and feeding of livestock. Also, it helps to feed many animals in the food chain and maintains the genetic diversity of the flowering plants.
Grow your own
Growing your own fruit and vegetable is a great way to help reduce your CO2 emissions and plastic consumption. By having fresh produce in your garden, there is no need to go and buy plastic packaged versions from the supermarket, therefore cutting down your plastic waste and C02 from them being brought by transit from thousands of miles away.
Using a rain saver or barrel water butt, is a great way to cut down on you r water consumption. By collecting rainwater to use to water your garden instead of from the tap can have a significant impact on the environment and save you 5% of your total water usage.
Research has found that almost 50% of the food waste we throw away can be composted! Composting saves money, resources and can also help to improve the quality of your soil. It can improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil’s pH balance in check. Composting also significantly reduces your C02 consumption.
Plants help remove C02 from the air and replace it with oxygen. So anytime you add a plant to your garden you are helping contribute to decreasing the C02 in the atmosphere.
Gardens help prevent flooding, especially in urban areas. The grass and soil helps absorb water that would otherwise overflow drainage systems.
Gardening won’t stop climate change, but it could make a difference. Every little thing we do to help our environment adds up to make an impact. By being more environmentally friendly when it comes to our gardening, we can help contribute to fighting climate change!