When we talk to people around us about what we do at Regeneration Canada, one of the questions we’re asked most often is: Can I make my own garden regenerative? Can the different practices that farmers use to regenerate their soil be applied to a small backyard garden? The answer is yes!
We are proposing 12 ways to make your garden regenerative. But before we get to them, let’s take a moment to reflect on why this matters.
Why do we need to regenerate our soil?
Regeneration means improving the resources you depend on, like soil, by building them and regenerating life into them, as opposed to simply using them and leaving them degraded. Unfortunately, sustaining our resources isn’t enough anymore: if we want to see real change, we need to be regenerating. And yes, soil is very alive. There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on the planet!
It’s important to take good care of our soil. Not only does healthy soil allow us to grow healthy, nutrient dense food, it also has the capacity to help reverse climate change. Healthy soil is like a giant carbon sponge. It can store a huge amount of carbon dioxide, by taking it out of the air, and soaking it up in the ground. This can help reverse the effects of global warming and extreme weather.
So how can you make your home garden more regenerative?