Each of us has a carbon footprint. It’s defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support our activities, and is usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Reducing this carbon footprint is something we should all be striving to do and, fortunately, there are ways we can do that through our gardens.
1. Avoid Synthetic Fertilisers
People like store-bought fertilisers because they are jam-packed with nitrogen. However, a lot of the time, a huge amount of energy is needed to produce and transport these types of fertilisers.
2. Start Composting
You can overcome the fertiliser problem by composting food and yard scraps at home. This both reduces the amount of waste being taken to landfill sites and provides you with nutrient-rich compost for your plants and flowers.
[Recommended read: Turn Household Waste Into Garden Gold by Composting]
3. Grow Your Own Vegetables
It would be a sin not to start growing your own vegetables with all that lovely compost you’re going to have. Especially as a huge proportion of people’s carbon footprints comes from food. By growing as much as you can yourself, you’ll reduce your own carbon footprint exponentially.
4. Use Less Water
Water from municipal water supplies requires energy to collect, clean and pump it to your home. That’s why we should always try to use as little as we can, and one of the best ways to do that is to collect our own using a rainwater tank.
[Recommended read: Why Rainwater Tanks are Beneficial for Your Property]
5. Recycle/Upcycle Items
If you find yourself in need of something new for the garden, why not have a look at why you’ve got lying around first before you make a purchase. We can often recycle (use items again) or upcycle (use items again for a different purpose than their intended one) if we’re a little bit creative.