24 Feb 2023: Missed the show? Listen back here.
Gardeners Brian and Vanessa join Ruth to discuss the multiple benefits of gardening for all species on the planet, ranging from the food we eat to the psychological well being and physical fitness that comes with growing and nurturing plants, cultivating the soil, and creating habitat and biodiversity for the many other creatures that we share space with, who like us depend on the health of our garden environments for survival.
We’re aware of humankinds’ negative environmental impacts, but gardening can help the Earth. Plants are living examples of how gardening benefits our environment.
When we plant various types of trees and plants in our garden, the amount of oxygen they produce is also increased significantly. This helps to mitigate the harmful air pollution that's released from the engines of our cars and machines.
Plants function as highly effective cleansers, absorb carbon dioxide and various air contaminants, and at the same time, release clean oxygen and scents.
Today, many gardeners try to work in sync with nature. They avoid pesticides and seek alternatives to lawns. They use native and perennial plants to support biodiversity by nurturing pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. A growing environmental awareness makes gardeners ask: How can we make our gardens and green spaces both beautiful and beneficial? Even in a concrete jungle, gardeners find ways to create beauty and support the environment.
And then there are the unexpected and amazing discoveries while we garden - as the seasons change different creatures show up at different times of the year. We discover new plants that have found their way into our gardens gifted by passing birds. Many joyful and awe inspiring moments await you in the garden!
Brian and Vanessa will offer many useful tips for easy gardening so that you too can play a part in mitigating climate change at the same time as creating delicious home grown produce and beauty in your surroundings.
Join us for what promises to be a delightful and informative conversation.
Photo credit: Mostafa Meraji