Gardening in general can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. However, whether you’re just starting out or have been gardening for years there are a few small extra ways you can ensure you’re doing your part in battling climate change.
Grow More Plants/Vegetables
Growing your own vegetables can help reduce the amount of food you purchase from the store. The amount of fuel from transporting vegetables from a farm to the store, to your plate can burn about 1,500miles worth of fossil fuels. By growing your own food can reduce your carbon footprint immensely.
By growing more plants and trees you can help with creating an aerial cooling system throughout the summer months and it can help shelter you from the cold, reducing energy consumption and heating costs.
You can control summer air temperatures that climate change is bringing and if this is done by everyone living in urban cities it could help reduce CO2 emissions. Take a look at any campaigns and nature projects at the GOV site.
Start Doing Composting (peat-free)
By composting your food and garden waste, you’re stopping it from going to landfills or being incinerated. When waste is taken to landfills it creates the greenhouse gas methane, which is considered to be 70 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. If you compost your waste not only, will it reduce the production of methane, but it’ll act as a great soil conditioner and mulch.
Try and invest in peat free bogs, peat bogs tend to store carbon. However, most multipurpose composts contain peat. At The South West London Gardner, we can recommend the right equipment and containments that’s right for you.
Buying second-hand pots and items can help with any gardening equipment waste. Ensure to look after all your stuff e.g. wipe down and oil gardening tools and carefully handle anything that requires delicate care. The Southwest London Gardener are licensed to remove all green waste and take it to a licensed recycling facility from Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Putney, Richmond, Twickenham and SW postcodes.
Dig A Pond
Ponds not only increase your biodiversity in your garden but can help prevent flooding from heavy rain and can store carbon a lot more than areas of grassland and woodland.
If you need any advice or general garden maintenance, get in touch here and we can ensure your garden is as environmentally friendly as possible.