The Gardener’s Contribution

One look at our house and it’s obvious that we have a fire for greening the world. One can also grow vines that will blossom, produce food and shade sun-drenched zones such as large windows, decks and patios, walkways and entrances. And let us not to forget to mention that the water gardens, vegetable gardens and green roofs too.

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When we bought our first house, a fixer upper, we turned that abused ex-rental to a tiny green cottage oasis full of trees, shrubs, flowers and food-producing gardens. It had been featured in a small regional magazine and also the local paper at the time. This was 11 decades back. We have since done the exact same to our house here also, totally shifting this property and home to the point that it is no longer familiar to people who rented here a dozen years back. It was a joy to have our accredited wildlife habitat, bee-friendly property showcased in the I Love Creston magazine a few short years back.If you do a search on the internet, you’ll find we’re so passionate about this we’ve written hundreds of articles, hosted many dozens of radio broadcasts around the subject, have been invited to do interviews sharing our information and much more. And through all this, hoping that we have inspired others to green up their distances also.Plants do more for us than nourish us and cool our houses. Perennial shrubs, trees and plants help mitigate climate change by absorbing pollutants such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides – discharging clean oxygen to the air. They’ll also filter dust out of busy streets and reduce soil erosion on farmlands. They reduce UV-B rays (which induces skin cancer) and keep our vehicles from being too hot in the summertime. They will also help cool the atmosphere by releasing water vapor through their leaves, protecting plantings around them out of breakage. Plantings can permeate noise, decrease cooling and heating costs for our houses, and increase the neighborhood. They attract pollinators and provide habitat for numerous sorts of crazy creatures from insects to birds.Were you aware that communities with a lot of trees and green spaces actually have less crime? Kids are less obese in these areas too, because they are playing and participating in community group events outdoors. Plants also provide us with food on an yearly basis, especially trees and perennials that make fruit and nut harvests annually. Gardens will help create stronger areas, as we’re more inclined to connect and discuss abundant harvests. By sharing pre-made meals, natural goods, flower bouquets or preserves (jams/jelly/syrup/wine/dried herbs) created from the garden, one can greatly reduce or even eliminate the expenses incurred by gift-giving.Here, we’ve seen over and over again, people walking by in pairs, in family groups, by themselves – stopping to enjoy the experience of witnessing a bee, a floppy butterfly dance on leaves, a happy bird twittering… the leaves turning and swaying in the breeze… the relaxed shade giving people and their dogs a respite from summer heat. Children squeal with delight at the sights as well as the elderly love to stop and chatter, sharing memories and telling us of additional incredible gardens they have seen throughout their walks. There are various benefits to even the tiniest green space – a balcony garden, a front step potted area, a terraced wall garden… they contribute to making the world a better place. Gardeners, however, benefit the most out of their protected homes, decreased energy costs, enhanced land value and total freezers and cupboards every year in the foods they produce. Herbs, for instance, can be extremely expensive and can be stored dried or frozen for over a year. Just a couple of baskets on the next thing can yield all the herbs you may use; whenever they are very happy, you’ll have some to share as well.For those of you wanting to understand how to perform utilize your garden’s harvests, or want to benefit from deals during peak harvest time via local farmers – check out our brand new cookbook!