Traditional agriculture isn’t healthy for the planet, which is why many are turning to the sustainable and holistic practice of regenerative agriculture. Advocates of regenerative agriculture discourage tilling because it releases CO2 and is rough on microorganisms. They further champion compositing and crop diversity. A technique called companion planting stresses the symbiotic nature certain plants have with each other. Regenerative agriculture also makes use of cover crops, flowers and tight seed spacing. Some advocates even like to garden in tune with the lunar cycle. Perhaps most important, however, is not to be discouraged by the challenges involved.
- Regenerative agriculture discourages tilling as it destroys small pockets in the soil and releases CO2.
- Crop diversity assures nutrient draw balance and acts as insurance against pests.
- Cover crops can enhance the soil, while flowers will attract pollinators.
“And while home gardens have much smaller eco footprints than acres of farmland, every little bit helps when it comes to the climate crisis—and your backyard garden can actually be made regenerative, too.”