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    Default Climate Change, Carbon Footprints etc

    Just been reading the Old Clothes for Charities thread and it got me thinking (very dangerous i know) as earlier was reading the news about Peru aiming for zero deforestation.

    If for this thread we forget about the 'environmental cost' of getting our plants, seeds, etc to our growing areas. Is any of our growing efforts helping in anyway to reduce the greenhouse gases or even just helping to balance them a bit. I know that because most crops are only growing temporarily there isn't any long term impact like there would be if we were all planting orchards etc.

    would just be nice to think that as me being 'good' with my recycling efforts as per council instructions, and dropping off clothes and rags at the hospice shop on my way past to somewhere else, may not be as 'good' as i was led to believe. that growing my own, when can get started is really going to be doing some good.


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    The biggest benefit you are making in growing your own is that your fresh fruit and veg haven't been trafficked all over the place, artificially heated or whatever. Also, it's unlikely that you'll have used the sort of fertilizers used in many large scale enterprizes, the manufacture of which causes considerable damage. Most carbon footprint estimtes ignore the considerable impact of food miles but in some cases it could account for a very large percentage of peoples print and one for which much of it is hidden (ie you see you're buying a European supermarket product but don't realised it's been flown back and forth for processing). Could go on but not 100% sure if this is what you're asking.

    Some of us live in the past, always talking about back then. Some of us live in the future, always planning what we are going to do. And, then there are those, who neither look behind or ahead, but just enjoy the moment of right now.

    Which one are you and is it how you want to be?

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    Alison already said it for me.
    By growing my own, I am not getting unnecessary plastic packaging (which uses oil for it's production, transport and disposal).

    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    I only wish we had enough space to be veg self sufficient, but what space i have got is all turned over to veg now, flowers are lovely, and the bees need them, but i need veg more, and i never was great at growing flowers, so they get put in the gaps between veg.......... and you know something? i think the sight of a garden growing veg is just as beautiful as flowers, and knowing we can eat them too is a bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrideXIII View Post
    I only wish we had enough space to be veg self sufficient, but what space i have got is all turned over to veg now, flowers are lovely, and the bees need them, but i need veg more, and i never was great at growing flowers, so they get put in the gaps between veg.......... and you know something? i think the sight of a garden growing veg is just as beautiful as flowers, and knowing we can eat them too is a bonus.
    A Potager is the way to go, if not a wee bit formal!

    Might try a curvy potager on my next plot!
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snadger View Post
    A Potager is the way to go, if not a wee bit formal!

    Might try a curvy potager on my next plot!
    i don't mind formal, my garden is so small formal is probrably the way its going to look anyway, they are attractive though, i just don't understand how flowers are prettier than a caulifower, and the blossom on climbing beans is awesome, add peas in and WOW!
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    You could eliminate the transport carbon (apart from the initial purchase) by investing in some non F1 seeds such as these - here. Not everyone's cup of tea but if you are into reducing your footprint they may help.

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    as well as all that^^^^ if you have anough space you can let a few plants of each veg go to seed, and then you don't have to order seeds either

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