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Here you’ll learn from and teach others about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of gardening pesticide-free. See videos of local planters in action, get advice from other green thumbs, and share your own backyard stories. Get involved in growing a healthy community.Gardeners

Gardening — whether in planters on your patio or in backyard beds — is solar energy at its best. Plants eat the sun’s rays, transferring that energy to the soil, bees and animals, and human beings. What we eat is one of our closest connections to the sun’s vitality, and oldest forms of trapping and using its energy.

With advice for amateurs and experts alike, Digs My Garden is spreading the word on how Canadians can grow their own safe and stunning summer sanctuary without the use of chemicals.

Alongside some Tips from the pros, our featured gardeners are sharing their stories of pesticide-free planting: from early efforts in soil prep and composting, through seeding and weeding, to reaping the joys of their harvest. And all without the use of toxic pesticides, which were banned this year in Ontario and Quebec and could be headed that way in PEI and New Brunswick.

Help grow the movement by sending us your own stories of pesticide-free gardening. Enter our annual Photo Contest, or tell other Canadians about what’s happening in your Community. Hundreds of people participated in last year’s contest, proving that gardeners can get their hands dirty and keep the planet clean at the same time.

Submit your stories, learn from others, connect with people in your neighbourhood, and take Action for healthy communities. It’s all happening at David Suzuki Digs My Garden.

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Some of the environmental benefits of gardening:

  • Transporting food across long distances has a big carbon footprint. You can reduce that by growing some of your own fruits and vegetables.
  • You'll also diminish the impact of industrial agriculture, which can pollute water, erode topsoil and is energy intensive.
  • Instead of throwing your kitchen scraps in the garbage, turn your trash into "black gold": the fertile soil that comes from composting organic waste. About 40% of household waste, from veggie scraps to dryer lint, can be composted.