22 Jul '11, 9am

Time for gardeners to stop living the ‘Good Lie’ - The Ecologist

Time for gardeners to stop living the ‘Good Lie’ - The Ecologist

Growing your own and grabbing a slice of the Good Life is more popular than ever. Indeed, in a recent survey Garden Organic carried out with UK garden owners, a staggering 68 per cent admitted to using their gardens to grow vegetables and almost 45 per cent claimed that being more self-sufficient and living the Good Life is what motivates them to garden. Great you might think – all these gardeners across the country doing their bit to live cleaner and greener. However, this doesn’t really paint an accurate picture of what’s happening in reality. In their quest to live the Good Life, made so appealing by celebrity gardeners and chefs, many amateur gardeners are actually inadvertently doing more harm than good to the environment and living what we have defined as the ‘Good Lie’. This is because to sow tasty vegetables and grow beautiful plants, the equivalent of over 24 mill...

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