How to save $10,000 per year by planting a few plants at your doorstep
Posted On July 5, 2021
Gardeners around the world are making great strides in conserving the planet by planting more plants, cutting back on their fertilizer use, and using less water, a new study shows.
And they’re doing it with the help of the world’s leading garden experts.
Article Continued BelowBut how much do gardeners save?
The answer is not as simple as the numbers.
“A lot,” said Dr. Stephen Burt, the senior author of the study.
“But it is a matter of degree.”
The report, which examined more than 100,000 data points from more than 2,000 countries, found that the number of gardeners saving up to $10 million per year on the ground increased from 1.6 billion to 2.3 billion, an increase of $1,600 per person, or $1.7 billion a year.
That was more than a quarter of all gardeners worldwide who planted more than 500 plant species in 2013, and up from 1,200 in 2013.
But the report says that’s not all: It found that nearly half of all people who used the same amount of water to grow a plant as a gardener did not make the difference.
“It is possible that, in some instances, a more effective, higher-yielding plant would not have occurred had a more focused effort had been made to maximise water efficiency,” Burt wrote.
Burt said the study’s findings highlight the importance of planting more species in the garden than people think.
“This is especially true in developing countries where there are limited water resources,” he said.
That could be a hard choice.””
For example, if you are looking at an orange, you may want to look for one that is easy to grow and a little smaller, so you can fit it into your garden.”
That could be a hard choice.
“There are more than 60 types of plant, ranging from ornamental plants to flowers and shrubs, and many of them have names, Burt said.
The study, which is available at the online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the European Commission, and the National Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.