In honor of Earth Day, I was asked to participate in the P&G Conserve-it-all program and challenge the family to think of how we can make a positive impact on the environment. Making a difference doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Even the smaller things we can do every day – such as turning off the lights when you leave the room – can add up to a big impact. This spring and summer, we’re challenging ourselves to plant a garden.
One of the things I wasn’t able to do when I lived in the city was have a garden. There was a community garden up the street, but there’s a waiting list for that tiny plot of shared dirt. Now, I finally have dirt near the house and with the temperatures finally warming up that means we can actually take the time to plant a garden.
Except…I haven’t been able to plant the garden yet! While the ground started thawing a few weeks ago, we’ve still been getting a few snow flurries. But weather.com says warmer weather is a-coming, which means this batch of strawberries will be heading into the dirt soon. In hindsight, we should have seeded the tomatoes but hey, this is our first real garden and we’re learning as we go.
Planting our new garden will not only have a positive impact on our wallets, but also has a trickle-down effect that will help the environment as well.
Plants are a critical part to keeping our air breathable. They convert the CO2 (carbon dioxide) that we exhale into the O2 (oxygen) that we need to breathe. Without any plants, we would soon run out of oxygen to breathe which would not be good. At all. So, in a way, planting our garden, planting more plants, helps keep us all alive!
Once the plants start producing, we’ll be able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables without having to drive to the grocery store, saving on gas and reducing pollution (which kind of makes that a win-win-win!) Not only that, but those tomatoes have a future…a future that is called ketchup. That’s one less bottle of ketchup I’ll have to buy and one less plastic bottle that will be used.
Our new garden will also help us reduce our waste. How? Because I want to start composting. I never would’ve thought I’d say that, but I hear rave reviews about how composting can produce some awesome fertilizer. I’m still learning the how-to’s of composting, but I do know that much of the trash that we produce are things that can be composted and re-used to help our new garden grown.
Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still help the environment through plants. Pick up a houseplant or two (or more) and they can help too.
What’s your #EverydayEffect? Are you making any small changes that will help the environment?
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