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Environmental Gardening – Plant A Purple Carrot

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Photo Credit: Phil Nauta, Author of the book ‘Building Soils Naturally

Everyone has the power to improve their personal and environmental health – you could plant a purple carrot or even better, a whole patch of different veggies! And the color doesn’t really matter, but purple carrots are super cool (as are purple tomatoes and purple beans).

Creating a vegetable garden can have a tremendous impact our planet. It’s up to us to decide whether that impact will be positive or negative.

The list of benefits of an organic vegetable garden are endless, such as:

  • It can provide us with natural medicines that prevent us from doctors’ visits.
  • It can provide us with nutrient dense foods that nourish our bodies.
  • It can save us money that we once used at the supermarket.
  • It can save one of our most valuable resources: water!

By using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, we’re introducing them into our air, soils and groundwater. And haphazardly planting vegetables can cause us to waste tons of water.

But taking the time to intelligently design an organic garden, we can mitigate many of these problems.

One of the most important things about vegetable gardening is that our home or guerrilla gardens have the potential to produce foods that are far more nutritious than store-bought items. Many people don’t seem to realize this. After all a carrot is a carrot, right? Wrong!

Did You Know?
When eating fruits and veggies that are organically-grown and freshly picked moments before eating them, we are far better off than ones that have been sitting on a truck for days. Our bodies can absorb the dozens of nutrients and in much higher quantities.

This is a great opportunity for adults to improve their health, but also to provide growing kids with a great source of food. Getting them involved in the process can be a fun and educational project, too.

Not only is it better for our physical health, it can be extremely psychologically rewarding. Who knows, you may even influence your friends and neighbors to do the same. Plus, the environmental and social benefits are incredible. Geoff Lawton is a permaculturist who says you can fix all the world’s problems in a garden.

When you start to learn about growing a vegetable garden you begin to see how important it is to our health and our planet.

My own introduction into sustainable living, politics, and nutrition was cultivated by my studies in organic gardening and permaculture. Over the years I’ve observed my own movement away from materialism and over-consumption, and have seen changes in my ability to question conventional thinking on most issues.

So consider this a challenge to improve the health of your family, your neighborhood, and the planet by planting a healthy organic garden today.

You could start a social movement by placing it in a prominent area of your yard and bringing fresh purple carrots and tomatoes to your favorite neighbors. Don’t forget to save some for yourself though. Happy Gardening!


About The Author:
Phil Nauta is author of the book ‘Building Soils Naturally’, published by Acres U.S.A. He’s a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional who taught for Gaia College and was a director for The Society For Organic Urban Land Care. He ran an organic fertilizer business and was a professional organic gardener before starting www.smilinggardener.com to teach practical organic gardening tips to home gardeners.

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