Garden Design & Growing Food Sustainably

blog 9 sustainable gardening part 3

Sustainable gardening not only has an impact on the future, but it also impacts our present because generally these gardening techniques make your life easier and decreases the amount of your own personal work. Let’s look at Garden Design and Food Cultivation ideas.

Garden Design:

The internet is ripe with ideas and designs for beautiful, efficient, and effective gardening to conserve water and energy, and to decrease runoff. There are many actual design blueprints that you could customize for your own yard.
All of the following could be their own separate blog topics and warrant more elaboration but this is a good launching pad:
• Raised bed gardening
• Square foot intensive gardening
• Container gardening
• Designs that encourage water to flow into flower beds
• Companion planting establishing symbiotic relationships
• Including perennials that attract pollinators
• Using recycled materials for your hard-scaping
• Using a brick or pea gravel pathways instead of a concrete footpath encourages water retention
• Use of trees and shrubs to decrease water evaporation
Check out this link for some amazing sustainable landscapes compiled by the American Society of Landscape Architects: https://www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes/sherbourne.html

Food Cultivation:

Not only does growing your own food promote health, but it is also a way of keeping us active. Raised bed gardening and intensive square foot gardening are impressively productive and adaptable methods for the home gardener. When we grown our own food we can control how it is produced, reduce environmental impact regarding transportation. It reconnects us to the ebb & flow of weather patterns, and unites us as families & communities as we work together and help one another.
A few ideas to get started on growing your own food include:
• Growing a kitchen garden of herbs and / or veggies
• Exploring the use of edible flowers
• Companion planting – more productivity & benefits soil health
• Establishing perennial fruits and vegetables – for our area – things like: asparagus, chives, raspberries, strawberries
• Establish fruit trees and shrubs – apples, cherries, plums, haskaps, saskatoons
• No space? Get involved with a community garden

Related:  Choosing Climate Compatible Plants & Reducing Energy Use

Part 4 of this discussion will take a look at Using Climate Compatible Plants and Reducing Energy Use.

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