We all hear about the environment being continuously damaged and food imports causing carbon emissions. That is significantly higher than we can cope with right now, and plenty of us want to find out ways in which we can help cut carbon emissions and reduce problems for our planet in the future. When we think about cutting down carbon emissions, we think about our transport options and energy usage. But quite often we forget about the fact that the food we eat, the way it’s packaged, and also the way it’s transported can all have a significant effect on the environment as well. If you are the type of person to care about the environment and let’s face it most of us are, then here are some ideas about growing your own food at home to reduce your carbon footprint.
A Small Allotment
In many areas, there are small allotments that are available to people in the community to help grow and create an activity that many people can be involved with. Taking advantage of this and making sure that you keep an allotment ticking over nicely, can bring you plenty of rewards in the way of fruit, vegetables, and even flowers. Doing your research to start with and having a look at what your options are before you start, Will set you off on the right foot, to begin with. Many people aren’t prepared when they first take on an allotment, but if you are well made, and you take care of your allotment, then you will find your fridge full of homegrown goodies that you can share with your friends and family.
Greenhouses, and hydroponics, are two ways in which you can create a pleasant environment to grow a whole range of products. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Still, if you protect your seedlings from the elements, and make sure that you are doing everything you can to encourage growth and reduce infestations or diseases that may take over the produce, then you will find some success with your homegrown efforts. Again you can do this relatively cheaply, and it doesn’t have to be over the top to be successful.
Raised beds in your garden
Even if you don’t have a substantial back yard, you can always set up a space for some raised beds, to allow you to grow potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, and even various types of beans. So you do have a vast range of options. Lots of people have created raised beds from offcuts of wood, or even pallets before now. And they certainly don’t cost the earth to make. But you may find you have saved yourself a whole lot of time and money if you grow some of your own food. Just be aware many people find themselves becoming addicted to this new hobby and end up with an abundance of food that they have to give away. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing, and there are always people in need that can use some extra food, of course.
Ultimately growing your own produce will really bring yourself a great sense of achievement, and if you have children, then, of course, this will filter down to them and teach them great things about a sustainable lifestyle.