For more than a century, these gardens have been managed by associations but have been in great demand for about twenty years. This sudden change comes from several factors such as:
- The need to return to simple things, a return to the land;
- A strong mistrust of commercial products because of numerous food scandals;
- The continuing rise in food prices as the nutritional quality of food tends to decline;
- The need to evacuate stress and develop social relationships.
These associative vegetable gardens are synonymous with well-being for all, but are they really good for our planet and our health? The man who often wants to do well, while ensuring his own happiness, sometimes forgets that his actions can be harmful.
While some associations are committed to creating and strengthening the social bond with passion through associative gardens often urban, they unfortunately seem to put aside the fundamental aspect that seek the citizens: the ecological character of the garden. Reasonable and ecological cultivation is one of the new cultural practices that are very popular, but it is not respected by many associations, most of which reject these changes.
Many bad reflexs from amateur gardeners have too much impact on our land and should be avoided. Here are some examples of actions to reduce:
- Returning the terrain in winter to the tiller creates noise and pollution;
- Add fertilizer, manure in large quantities;
- Purchase hybrid seeds and plants treated with pesticides in supermarkets;
- Systematically remove all “weeds” leaving the land bare;
- Destroy most life forms that come into the field (slugs, insects, etc.);
- Water copiously and often, without thinking too much about our water consumption;
- Treat pesticides preventively and in a disproportionate way;
- Remove everything if a plant dies and throw it in the garbage bin instead of in a composter;
- Repeat each year without changing our cultivation methods.
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