14 Oct HOW ORGANIC GARDENING MAKES YOU A BETTER NEIGHBOR
We know how organic gardening is good for us and our families, but what about your neighbors? While it’s always good when your values benefit the environment, it’s hard to beat when they also make you a better neighbor, right? If you’re in doubt, keep reading!
1. You can share the bounty. Got extra zucchini and tomatoes? (And let’s face it — who doesn’t?) Share them with your neighbors! This past summer we had a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes — Sun Gold just kept going and going — so we called all of our neighbors to come and get ‘em. Not only did this put us in good standing with them, it kind of makes up for when our 85-pound dog stands at the fence and barks at everything that moves. Kind of.
2. There’s no pesticide drift. Okay, this one is a biggie. Pesticide drift is when someone nearby sprays pesticide on a windy day, and that same pesticide drifts over into your yard and damages your plants and veggies. This is no way to create good relations with your neighbors, and since you’re an organic gardener, your neighbors won’t have to worry.
3. You can be an example. I don’t mean this in a holier-than-thou way, but people often don’t know how to do something any differently until they see someone else doing it successfully. When they observe you turning your compost pile, hand-picking bugs off your plants, and enjoying a beautiful garden full of healthy plants, they’ll want to know your secret. And then you can share with them everything you know.
4. You might make their garden better. Organic gardening has a bit of a domino effect — once you start, it makes good things happen, which in turn causes other good things. If your organic gardening practices lure valuable pollinators into your yard, your next-door neighbors might reap some benefits with their own harvest.