Create a Vegetable Garden or Expand Your Existing Garden: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
……………………………………—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

Create a Vegetable Garden or Expand Your Existing Garden

“Special regard must be paid to agriculture.”
—Bahá’u’lláh, Lawh-i-Dunyá, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

patio vegetable garden

From balconygardenweb.com/

In a time of uncertainty and economic insecurity, it is especially important that many people grow some food. The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus may result in food shortages. If you already have a garden, perhaps you can expand it a little bit this year and plant some potatoes or sweet potatoes. If you are a beginner, keep it small and simple. Plant some herbs, for example chives and parsley, and a few vegetables you like. If you grow different plants, but not too many of the same kind, you will learn what works best and will have a variety of food. Growing a diversity of plants is also interesting and fun! If you don’t have a yard, try to grow some herbs, tomato and pepper plants in pots on your balcony. Gardening provides exercise, is good for mental health – especially important during this time – and the fresh herbs and vegetables are good for you and contribute to food security. It is also wonderful when you can give away some food to those who may need it.

For some information on gardening:

Beginner Vegetable Gardening Made Easy
(Better Homes & Gardens)

Learn More About Balcony Vegetable Gardening
(gardeningknowhow.com)

Grow an Edible Garden – On Your Balcony!
(growveg.com)

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PAST TIPS BY CATEGORIES

Food
Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef
Eat Food that is in Season
Avoid Food Waste

Home
Air Conditioning and Moderation
Avoid Plastics
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Buy Clean Energy
Cherish your old cell phones and computers!
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Programmable Thermostats
Properly Dispose of Electronic Waste
Recycle Right!
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
What is clean? How often should I wash my clothes?

Yard
Create a Vegetable Garden or Expand Your Existing Garden
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your Garden and Yard
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Bees and We
The Joy of Gardening

Transportation
Car Pool

Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Use a local Car-Share Service

Shopping
Avoid Excessive Packaging
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags

Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Save and Reuse your Produce Bags
Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk

General/Spiritual Solutions
The Current Health Crisis and a Different Tip than Usual (April, 2020)

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