In addition to giving you a peaceful place to relax, your garden can clean the air or harmful pollutants and keep sediment out of waterways. Increasing vegetation and tree cover keeps urban neighborhoods cooler, reducing health impacts from the heat island effect. Community gardens give our food insecure neighbors access to healthy options, and have a range of social benefits, like increased community connection and improved mental health.
Sustainable gardening is all about working with nature and making conscious decisions to mitigate our impact on natural ecosystems. Here are some tips to help your garden thrive this year.