With all the festivities behind us and the guests making their way back home, it is time to look forward to the New Year.  Getting stuck into the garden is one of the best ways to get rid of all the holiday pounds, whilst enjoying time in the sun.  For those of us returning from holiday it is a great time to get the garden looking at its best again.  With a lot of commentators predicting doom and gloom for the year, it is up to us to take some of our challenges and turning them into opportunities.

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Water

South Africa’s water situation is still looking bleak. Some parts of the country are caught in the grip of a severe drought that is affecting not only nature but also us humans.   Here are ways that we can get through the dry spells and still be able to enjoy our gardens:

 
Attributed to Val Bourne

Grow Your Own Food

With the drought affecting our agricultural sectors, one can expect an increase in food prices. Food security is also becoming a bigger problem worldwide.  I believe that where we have gone wrong is that we have become too reliant on producers. These are often far away – which increases costs and carbon footprints. I suggest that the answer lies in urban farming.  Producing our own food in our urban centres will go a long way to restoring balance and bringing us closer to our food sources.

Tackle Climate Change This Year

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 Be Conscious of What You Consume

Despite the world being swamped by commercialised indulgences, there is a movement that realises that we are losing our very humanity to this. We are at risk of becoming just another mass produced, reproduced, boxed, labelled, shelved, stacked and ready to be sold thing. One way of countering this dehumanisation is to become conscious of what we consume. Even if one’s behaviour doesn’t immediately change, just an awareness will start setting the wheels in motion. Although the answers are not always pleasant, begin by asking yourself a few simple questions when considering a purchase of any kind:

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Don’t think that seemingly small and simple acts cannot make any difference. To misquote David Mitchell: “My life is but a drop in the ocean. Yet what is an ocean, but a collection of drops?”

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