A few trends from MyGardenGuide.com for a more sustainable garden follow:
- Lifecycle and Environmental Impact - How much energy was consumed in a plant or product's transportation and if any recycled materials were used? How much water was used in the production of a product? What kinds of chemicals are used and how do they affect the soil, air and water?
- Water-wise Landscapes - Use drought-tolerant plants, and install drip irrigation systems instead of using conventional watering techniques. Visit Springs Preserve for ideas.
- Plants for Wellness - Garden for the betterment of mental health, nutrition or fitness.
- Mixing it Up - Maximize square footage with a mix and match approach--edibles with ornamentals is one example. Learn more about Square Foot Gardening...
- Vegetable Gardens - Grow edible gardens, which include vegetables, berries, fruits, and herbs.
- Less Lawn, More Flowers and Shrubs - Water-wise landscapes are essential in our desert.
- Native Plants - Native plants, or "naturescaping" emphasizes plants that naturally grow in a given locale. Since they're evolved to grow in those conditions, they require little artificial water or fertilizer, and are highly disease resistant.
As we enter the month of Earth Day, give home farming or community gardening a shot. It's fun and delicious!