Gardening is a great way to combat the effects of climate change and improve air quality in cities. A 10% increase in planting in urban areas could combat the predicted rise in temperatures. Growing food locally, individuals can also reduce their dietary carbon footprint.
When I started a small food garden over the summer, I found that I really enjoyed gardening and connection that I felt with the Earth when I was gardening. During winter, I wanted to continue gardening to further reduce my carbon footprint and continue this hobby. In September, I planted some seeds in cups in my room and they have taken off. Since then, the plants have taken over my room as I planted cucumbers, two species of tomatoes, broccoli, eggplant, green beans and strawberries. Although they have not grown mature enough to produce food yet, they have been growing well. I hope that in the coming months, they will continue to grow and start producing vegetables.