Let me count the ways.
1. My little garden.
My garden is little and simple. It’s a place where I nurture plants- flowering, ornamental, some vegetables and some fruit trees. In their own little ways the plants provide oxygen to the atmosphere. My flowering and ornamental plants provide beauty to the place and flowers to grace my altar and make my house a pleasant place. The flowers attract butterflies and emit a faint fragrance.
My garden also nurtures me specially during this time of staying at home to stay safe because of the pandemic. I feel close to nature even at home. It’s one of my positive realizations in the days of Covid.
The fruit trees, just the small varieties in the corners of the garden, provide fruits for my health and their branches and leaves provide a shady playground for birds.
See (spot) the lone bird in the shade of the kamias (or kalamias in Quezon), there are more birds actually but they fly away when I start to take pictures.
2. Natural insect repellant/fertilizer
Repellant /fertilizer from orange peel.
I use orange peel as insect repellant and other fruits for fertilizer (in addition to compost).
It gives two benefits. It minimizes wastes thrown to landfills as all garden trimmings and dry leaves go to the compost pit as well as biodegradable wastes such as fruit and vegetable peels and other kitchen wastes. The compost serves as organic fertilizer.
4. Use of Environment Friendly Stones in Garden Instead of Cement
I use stones in the areas not reached by sunlight and where grass doesn’t thrive. It’s said that cement causes flooding as they don’t allow rain water to seep into the soil.
5. Mindful Acquiring
This is made easier by the pandemic. I’m trying to extend my year of frugal living and to maintain the practice of buying only what are needed.
6. Mindful Discarding
I discussed this in detail in my post Mindful Discarding which covers:
- giving away to those who want or the need the items
- throwing away as a last step if the first steps are not possible..
7. Use of Public Transport Whenever Possible
I practiced this before the pandemic. I must admit though that I use vans used for point-to-point transport where the loading center is provided by the mall where I park my car and the off-loading terminal is also at a point near my destination in Makati Business Center so it’s not “as public” as regular buses.
Now during the pandemic, I work/stay at home most of the time and only go to places near our home by walking or short rides.
I’ve done something, I can do more. As I do more for Mother Earth, I do more for me because the earth nurtures me as I nurture it.
Happy Earth Day everyone!