A spring trip to the local gardening store is full of excitement and anticipation, an affirmation that the long winter is over and flowers and vegetables are soon to come! This year, as you walk around salivating over the options, keep in mind ways to reduce your consumption and use of plastic in the process of getting your garden going. See if you can find plants that are sold without plastic containers, so you don’t end up having to cut apart plastic plant pots which may end up in the landfill. If you can get seeds and germinate them in peat pots, which disintegrate in the soil, that’s the best thing! Look for other gardening products in cardboard packaging, not plastic. And always choose native plant species for your yard, as they will thrive, requiring less water and care, and will provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.