Environmental Responsibility And Environmental Sustainability

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Environmental Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility, we all need to take an interest in what we are doing to our planet and make changes, to improve our current quality of life and leave behind a livable planet for future generations. One thing that can be done locally is to create community gardens. Community gardens have been around since the 1960’s, but started to grow in popularity in the 1980’s during the recession. According to the Hamilton Community Garden Network, “a community garden is a space where plants are grown by a community to meet that community’s needs.” Using either private or public plots of unused land is a fantastic way to change run down, neglected spaces into colourful, bright, food producing, full of life property.…show more content…
Currently, 1/3 of the material that enters the landfills is organic. 30% of food (approximately $48.3 billion) is discarded 10-15% of that is from transportation and storage alone. Whether a household takes part in a community garden or not is up to them, not everyone has the time or the desire to be digging in the dirt, however, an effortless way for everyone to take part is to compost their household waste. Bins can be set up around the property so that they can dispose of waste at a time that is a convenient time for them, allowing not only for waste to be disposed of quickly in hot months but to reduce what enters the landfills. Composting allows for gardens to not have to use fertilizers while still being able to add required nutrients to the soil. You do want to make sure that you are adding material free of insecticides, herbicides and weed seeds. You also want to avoid using wood chips and grass trimmings because they will deplete the nitrogen from the soil. Depending on how much support you get and how many bins you have set up, the garden could offer to sell the excess compost to the community for a minimum fee. This could be used to help household plants and provide a small, petty cash for the garden to use for any repairs or new tools that the garden may…show more content…
Getting into the habit of monitoring your local weather will help you to track precipitation, this will help you to know whether you water today or can the garden wait for the next. Before watering you should always check the soil moisture level, if the soil has a dried depth of 3-4 inches then the garden needs to be watered. Watering at night is usually the best for the pants because most plants grow at night also water attracts the sun and by watering during the day could lead to overheating and burning the plants unnecessarily as most of the water will evaporate and not benefit the plant. You want to avoid watering when it’s windy and try to water as close to the base of the plant at the soil to encourage deep root growth and helps to prevent fungal disease and mildew on such plants as squash and tomatoes. Installing rain barrels is a terrific way to collect and store water run-off from nearby buildings and rainfall, reducing the need to use water from the local water source. Using mulch is also a fantastic way to add nutrients to the soil and conserve water. By placing shredded newspaper, grass clippings, leaves and straw around the plants doing this will help to reduce the growth of weeds and hold moisture in the soil from being

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