Practicing eco-living is more a mindset than it is a statement. One of the biggest needs when practicing eco-living is becoming self-sustaining, while doing no harm to the environment. Today, many people have begun to take notice of this practice and even though many live in cities, small plots of gardening land and growing have begun to spring up in the most unlikely locations.
Whether you have a patio, a small piece of land along a back fence, or an entire farm field, self-sustenance is a economical, environmental, and healthy way to practice eco-living and keep our lands green and healthy. With the sun now reaching the optimal temperature and warming the rich black soils, it is it time to think about planting a garden that will supply you with fresh vegetable and fruits throughout the summer season. Often people who live in colder climates suffer from a lack of fresh vegetables in the winter months due to their objection to purchasing imported foods, but when spring comes and the ground is ripe, it is time to plan the garden.
Many people who live in apartments and condos plant container gardens on their balconies and in open air areas. Others that have a small piece of land along fence line can easily create raised gardens that accommodate more plants and do much better in smaller spaces. And yet, there are others who plant large gardens which sustain them with fruits and vegetables throughout the winter months. To find out more about these three types of gardens, check out the links below:
Another aspect of eco-living is understanding that many farmers produce more than their families will use; therefore, they place roadside stands at their farm gates for the public to purchase fresh produce from. This in turn earn the household a little additional money to put towards things that are needed, while assisting those who cannot raise enough crops during the growing season, to purchase and can or freeze additional crops that are local and will sustain the container gardener or raised bed gardener throughout the non-growing season.
So, what are you growing in your garden this summer?
Article Tip: Never plant a whole package of quick growing vegetable or fruit seeds at the same time. Space the planting out over several weeks, so that your crop only ripens as fast as you can eat it, and can at the last of the growing season. Check out a new method of gardening in this great video.