Gardeners and nature lovers tend to respect the beauty and fragility of our outdoor environments – at least I like to think we do. But we all can do more to protect and sustain our Earth. I tend to consider every day Earth Day, but it’s good to have at least one day a year when everyone focuses on their impact on Mother Earth. I know I can be more protective … most of us can … so choose at least one Earth-friendly activity to do today. Then try to make it a regular activity. Think of the impact we can have if we all do just a little.
- Turn of unneeded lights or electronics.
- Walk or ride a bicycle somewhere instead of driving.
- Plan driving trips more carefully so you’re bunching errands into a few or one, rather than many trips.
- Start a compost pile and vow to use it … I have six working compost piles and could use more. Compost is great for plants of all sorts.
- Hang your laundry out to dry.
- Start at least one annual flower or vegetable plant from seed.
- Better yet, join the growing number of Americans who will grow some of their own food this year.
- Walk through your neighborhood and pick up trash.
- Start recycling glass, metals, plastics, and paper.
- Investigate what native plants or shrubs you could use in your gardens in place of a non-native. Connecticut gardeners can start with the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group.
- Join a local earth-friendly organization such as NOFA (Nutmeggers go to CTNOFA ).
- Plant food crops amongst perennial beds … lettuce or other low growing greens and Alpine strawberries make attractive edgings.
Check out more ideas at the official Earth Day website.
How do you celebrate Earth Day?