Tip #1: Share your soil
Satisfy your eco-conscience and use your green thumb by tending a patch of neglected earth.
You can work a plot in an established community garden, although openings sometimes are scarce. Or you can join a match service that pairs gardens in need of tending with gardeners in need of soil.
Urban Garden Share matches property owners with would-be sharecroppers in several cities, including Seattle, Louisville, Atlanta, Boise, and Santa Cruz. These green shares are not limited only to soil and seeds. A Louisville beekeeper recently searched for a garden to host a beehive so her “girls” could have a productive season.