Teach Your Community About the Benefits of Gardening During National Garden Week!
If you want to make a difference in your community, consider raising awareness of National Garden Club’s (NGC) objectives in your local area. There is no better time to do this than during National Garden Week, held today – 11th this year. NGC promotes gardening, education and beautification of neighborhoods across the U.S., but they can’t do it without your help! Learn more about teaching about the benefits of gardening, environmental benefits and healthy eating to your friends and neighbors with these ideas from NGC:
Plan an Educational Event
Most of us are so busy with our personal and professional lives that we don’t have time to think about ways that gardens can improve our health and environment. Wouldn’t it be great if you can take it upon yourself to plan an educational event at a local school, library, garden or community center to teach people about the benefits of gardening? These include:
- Access to fresh, raw and healthy food
- Ways to limit harmful toxins and pesticides and focus on organic gardening
- The chance to spend time outdoors
- A way to connect to neighbors and encourage social interaction
Beautify a Community Space
Many communities have forgotten, dirty and unusable empty spaces that are going to waste. In honor of National Garden Week, organize a beautification project of a community space. Make sure to check with your local government, and as long as you have the OK, you can make a difference in your neighborhood!
This can include planting trees in a local park to provide shade for visitors, clearing an overgrown area and planting flowers on sides of the road or building awareness for an existing community garden by raising funds to repaint, add benches and purchase supplies.
Many urban cities experience “urban heat islands” when they add buildings and pavement. This heats the ground and increases the cost of energy, as well as harms our health by creating air pollution and illnesses from heat. Help to combat this problem by planting trees and green roofs (planting vegetation on roofs) to provide shade, deflect the sun’s rays and allow more moisture to enter the atmosphere.
Teach Safe Gardening Practices
Most novice and even many seasoned gardeners are not aware that many traditional gardening products contain harmful chemicals that not only hurt the environment and deplete nutrients from the soil and crops, but also enter our bodies through the fruits and vegetables we grow, causing serious health concerns.
As an NGC representative, make it your mission to teach safe gardening practices to your community members. For example, did you know that many traditional fertilizers seep into our groundwater, harming wildlife, and increasing greenhouses gases? A great and cost-efficient alternative is to use our agricultural product, PlantCatalyst®. This formula is made with all natural ingredients without any toxic chemicals. Just a small amount can cut the use of fertilizer by up to half, saving money and saving your health!
There are a multitude of benefits PlantCatalyst® has to offer, which have been proven time and time again by studies conducted in professional commercial greenhouses and in universities across the country and in Canada. These include:
- Increased germination rates and strength out of germination
- Decreased growing times
- Increased yield and overall production
- Enhanced root growth that carries over throughout the entire life of the plant
- Enhanced cellular absorption of nutrients
Do your part to help NGC and Dr. Willard’s® save the environment and promote a healthier lifestyle by teaching your community about the benefits of gardening!