Sustainable Living 101 | Urban Gardening

We recently discovered some old wood and an old table on the property and I quickly voiced the idea of creating a little (herb) garden in the backyard. Of course, we have a lot of space for this here, but even if you don’t, there are many ideas and inspirations of hanging gardens, plants in palets and much more on Pinterest. So besides it looking very pretty, why would you opt for a herb garden?

  • Well first of all creating something with your own bare hands can be very satisfactory and rewarding. Besides, creating a garden and more pretty green spaces is proven to be very therapeutic.
  • Moreover, everything that we buy nowadays comes in plastic packaging. To avoid having 5 stalks of chive being packed in unnecessary plastic, it makes sense to grow these things yourself, as you can just chop and portion them when needed. This leads us to the next point.
  • No food goes to waste! We usually buy things in the portions that they were packed in, but that means we have to eat them as they come. Especially in South Africa, food goes off quickly. So here you go: portion control is a definitely a biggie.
  • Lastly, it is known that bits of plastic “leache” or “migrate” into the foods wrapped in it. Thus, planting herbs, veggies and fruits yourself will promote a healthier lifestyle.

It took us approximately 2 days to sand the wood, make the box, go to the nursery to get the herbs and veggies and put it in the soil. We will have to wait a couple of weeks now for everything to grow but I cannot wait to eat some fresh chives straight from our garden. So what are you waiting for? Go out there, get some tools and get it done! Have fun guys. S


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