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5 Ways gardeners can celebrate Earth Day

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On April 22, celebrate Earth Day and environmental awareness. Get ideas for little "Acts of Green" you can take in the garden to help the planet.

  On April 22, people across the country will be coming together to discuss environmental issues and challenges on Earth Day. Get ideas for little "Acts of Green" you can take in the garden to help the planet. 

 Celebrating Earth Day


On April 22, people across the country will be coming together to discuss environmental issues and challenges on Earth Day. Get ideas for little "Acts of Green" you can take in the garden to help the planet. 

The original Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin in 1970. Nelson's idea was to promote a public consciousness about air and water pollution so that environmental protection became a national issue. While the overall goal of Earth Day is to raise environmental awareness, the Earth Day Network is encouraging individuals to take one small "Act of Green" towards improving the environment.

5 Earth Day ideas for taking an "Act of Green" in the garden:

1. Plant a tree. A favorite option among the environmentally aware, planting a tree can help lower greenhouse gasses. Besides being a fun Earth Day activity for the family, a strategically placed tree can also help cool your house by providing shade.

2. Plant a vegetable garden. If the temperatures in your planting zone are ideal, consider starting a spring veggie garden. Having locally sourced vegetables not only tastes better, they also limit the amount of pollution caused by shipping trucks. Grow organic to limit pesticide exposure.

3. Repurpose unconventional gardening tools. Limit the amount of trash that goes into landfills by recycling household materials into gardening tools. Cardboard egg cartons make excellent seed starters. Old coffee canisters turn into dirt scoops (I particularly like using the Maxwell House plastic container with a handle). Used popsicle sticks can become plant markers. You get the idea.

4. Mulch. Adding a simple layer of organic mulch like straw or hay can help conserve moisture in the soil and reduce the amount of water needed for your vegetable garden. The mulch will also add extra nutrients to your garden as it slowly decomposes into the soil.

5. Use a rain barrel. A rain barrel is a simple system of a large drum that collects and stores rainwater that typically runs off from the roof. The rainwater can be used to water your vegetable or flower garden. Diverting water that would otherwise go to waste is not only efficient, it's budget-friendly too.

If you're an avid gardener, chances are you're already taking little "Acts of green" simply by having a garden, but taking one of the small steps above on April 22 is a great way to celebrate Earth Day.

Learn more about Earth Day here >>>

 
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