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Home arrow The Daily Dirt arrow Thursday Tips: Carbon Footprints in the Garden
Thursday Tips: Carbon Footprints in the Garden Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Thursday, 04 August 2016
Carbon footprint in garden

There's been a lot of discussion about carbon footprints in the news lately, but how is it related to gardening? That's a question one of The Daily Dirt readers posed last week.

For one thing if you're already gardening in a sustainable fashion, then your carbon footprint is already significantly diminished. Using native plants, rain barrels to collect water, using pervious paving materials or vegetation (instead of blacktop or cement) that keep the earth cool, using kitchen waste to make your own compost, avoiding chemicals and synthetic fertilizers that use petroleum products in their manufacture, using a manual push mower, and reducing the amount of lawn area are a couple of things that gardeners can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

In fact, simply having a garden itself, especially one in which fruits and vegetables are grown, helps reduce your carbon footprint. After all, most food travels quite a long distance (on average 1500 miles) by truck or rail before it gets to your table, resulting in significant CO2 emissions.

Some of you may be wondering what a "carbon footprint" is. For those not in the know, it refers to greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere as a result of human activities. It is measured in units of carbon dioxide, hence the name carbon footprint. If you'd like to calculate your very own carbon footprint, click here.