What the heck is a green, minimalist garden? How can minimalism be incorporated into gardening? Why would that even be a wise thing to do, with all the hungry people in the world? Most gardeners dream of an epic garden with produce for miles and plenty to share. What’s so bad about that? Why should gardeners choose a minimalist approach to gardening?
A minimalist garden generates less waste.
Most gardeners plant extra produce to share. That’s all fine and good as long as they carry through with it. On the other hand, if they didn’t do so last year, chances are that this year will be no different. So, rather than planting all kinds of produce for the refuse pile, why not plant only what will definitely be used? Remember, throwing away all that produce is not only wasteful, it’s disrespectful to those who are going hungry.
Note: If you do decide to feed the hungry by planting extra produce, that’s fine. Just make sure you actually follow through at harvest time. Otherwise, you’re just being wasteful.
A minimalist garden uses less water.
Minimalists conserve natural resources as much as possible. Going minimalist in the garden might entail hand watering to cut down on water usage. It might also involve saving rainwater or setting up a drip system. After all, extra produce isn’t the only waste going on in the garden.
A minimalist garden minimizes work.
All gardeners dream of a huge gardening space. Not all gardeners have the time, energy or physical capability to work that space. You might picture yourself peacefully tending your little patch of heaven. That does happen, some days. Most days in the garden, however, are filled with bending, stretching, lifting, digging and sweating. Gardening involves hard work and lots of it. So, if you’re not up to the challenge, physically, mentally or otherwise, going minimalist, with a smaller garden can make things much more pleasant for you.
A minimalist garden uses less tools and supplies.
Minimalists do not believe in high volume consumerism. Keeping things minimal in the garden means buying less tools and supplies in order to achieve the same result. Go for multipurpose tools. Use compost instead of commercial fertilizer and seeds, rather than plants. Use discarded cardboard to block weeds, rather than buying commercial weed block. All these thing require less resources and keep your garden environmentally friendly.
Don’t you love how minimalism and saving the planet go hand in hand? Why not start planning for next year’s garden with minimalism in mind?