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Live Greener by Growing Your Own Food

Many people are unaware of the various environmental benefits growing your very own food.
Abbie Faulkner Nov 19, 2019
There is no doubt, that we all need to become much greener and live greener lives, for the sake of future generations. While there are many different ways to reduce our carbon footprint, doing simple small bits to help the environment often make the biggest impact.
Plastic usage for example, takes up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. This is because of the material they are made from and it’s one of the main things we need to control and cut down on. How to change this? Simply don’t use plastic where it’s not needed. If you drink a lot of water, switch to a reusable water bottle. Easy peasy!

How Does Growing Your Own Food Help?

Growing and sourcing your own food enables you to stop relying on your usual, traditional methods of purchasing food. Food that you see in a supermarket goes through a long process before it’s even delivered to the store. You’re looking at more than 1,500 miles in travel. This has an effect on flavour, freshness and significantly increases carbon emissions.
Transportation methods emit carbon emissions into the air, among many other things that we do in our daily lives. By reducing this process, and growing your own food – it means you don’t have to travel and burn fossil fuels just to get your favourite meal.

What Happens When You Grow Your Own Food?

  • Reduces the burning of fossil fuels
  • Reduces packaging waste and materials
  • You get fresher, cleaner food for less

How to Start?

1. Prepare Your Garden

Ensure your garden is fully prepared for growing your own food. If you’re starting from scratch, you can create a beautiful garden on a small budget! Here’s a checklist to help you get started.

2. Choose What Food you Want to Grow

Many people start with vegetables, such as cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, radish and so on. There are plenty of starter kits available online for you to buy, this is all down to your preference and what food you would like to grow.

3. Know Your Soil

Do plenty of research on how often to water specific plants, how to plant them, and techniques to help.