Every day is Earth Day

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.

lettuceedgingButtercrunch1_edited    alpine strawberry edging

Check out more ideas at the official Earth Day website.

How do you celebrate Earth Day?

2 comments for “Every day is Earth Day

  1. April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Great suggestions, all of them. I plant trees.. but at some point I’ll run out of acreage to plant any more! I like the idea of planting vegetables in with perennials and might try that this year.

  2. joenesgarden
    April 23, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Laurrie, I’ll do a lot more of this during this growing season … my vegetable garden will undergo a redo, so my iris and phlox will have eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers as neighbors.

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