By Sarah Rogers
The organic, all-natural life is becoming a widespread trend amongst the health and environmentally conscious, as there's a move towards food awareness. Documentaries detail the process of food cycles, from a seed's beginning to grocery store shelves. Farmer's markets and health food stores boast pesticide-free, ethically grown products. People want to know what they're putting into their most valuable possession: their bodies.
Planting your own garden is a strong way to combat the damage being done by corporations to both yourself and your world. During Earth Week, treat yourself to gardening tips that will help bring organic living to your backyard - or front yard or porch - in a globally mindful manner.
1. Read up. There are plenty of books, blogs, and articles on this subject. Even a simple Google search will turn up some fascinating reads. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver follows Kingsolver's year-long journey of radical change towards locally grown food.
2. Go to the experts. Nursery employees are generally knowledgeable on various plants. Pepper them with gardening questions like what's in season or how much to water.
3. Be inspired. Local farmer's markets feature an array of fruits and vegetables. Strike a conversation with a grower and hear their story. Buy locally grown products and taste the difference.
4. Experiment with ingredients. If you're not sure what vegetable or fruits to plant, pick an heirloom plant that you can't buy in stores. Did you know there are pink tomatoes? Cautiously choose where you buy to avoid purchasing a genetically enhanced plant.
5. Plant a recipe. Pick a recipe you enjoy and plant the fresh ingredients for a homegrown flavor. Salsa, for example, can be made from your own tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and/or garlic.
You don't need a particularly green thumb to start making the earth a healthier, cleaner place. A little bit of research sprinkled with passion goes a long way! This Earth Week, take small steps to make your home and life environmentally friendly by planting a garden.