There is no better gift to the environment than a garden. A garden uses trapped carbon dioxide and converts it into food. A garden reduces your carbon footprint because it allows you to grow your own food. A garden is the epitome of the "buy local" mantra. It does not get any more local than your garden. What if you were to turn your entire yard into a place where you and your family could just graze. Imagine berry vines with ripe fruit, or an orange tree where you could pick your own snack. What about containers of garlic, herbs, and onions? Install a flowerpot wall where you grow edible flowers, like nasturtiums. What would happen if you planted a pumpkin patch for Halloween Jack O'Lanterns or for Thanksgiving, and holiday pies? Imagine setting your table with food that you grew. It could happen. It should happen.
The idea of growing an eatable yard might seem like a huge project — it is. The rewards, though, are huge. This is a project that positively impacts the local environment tremendously. It is a project that improves your health and your families health because fresh produces is amazingly good and who does not like to pick organic strawberries. There are so many easy vegetables and greens to grow that everyone should have a garden of some kind. Consider that a single Zucchini plant can feed an entire neighborhood, or that a couple of tomato plants can produce enough fruit to save you $50 or more annually. There are real incentives to garden. What are your gardening dreams?