Whether you want to make over your diet or invigorate your outdoor space, creating an organic garden is a smart way to go green. “There are a lot of environmental benefits to growing your own food,” says Susan Littlefield, horticultural editor for the National Gardening Association. “You’re providing food for pollinating insects, lowering your carbon footprint by skipping produce that was trucked across the country and not driving to the store so often. Plus, you know exactly what’s going into your food.” Give Mother Nature a big hug by not using chemical pesticides and employing organic practices that improve the soil. Read on to learn what type of garden best fits your lifestyle.

Read more in the April 2012 issue of EBONY Magazine!