What are sustainable growing methods and why use them?
Sustainability simply means enjoying the resources of our Earth whilst leaving enough remaining for future generations. Resources particularly relevant to growing (on a global and local scale) include:
- Land suitable for cultivating (or containers/greenhouses)
- Soil quality
- Pesticides and oil-based chemical fertilisers
These go towards creating a healthy, low-cost vegetable patch where there is very little or no waste, and every product and by-product is used in the process of growing.
Pesticides and oil-based chemical fertilisers, highlighted above, are produced with high carbon emissions and can be expensive to buy. Real Food Wythenshawe encourages organic methods of growing. These are inexpensive, easy to apply to any scale of growing and help to build rich soil. As a result healthy edible plants are produced in a thriving environment, free from chemicals and pollution and populated with essential pollinating insects, such as bees.
Garden Organic also has lots of advice on how to start growing your own fruit and vegetables.