Eco-Friendly Gardening Ideas
By Diana Smith
Gardening is a lovely hobby to have, not to mention that a perfectly kept garden can add value to your property. It is also said that gardening reduces anxiety and stress. Moreover, you can grow your own herbs, fruits and veggies, and have a relaxing outdoor space to spend time in. But, even though you may feel like a green thumb, you can unconsciously damage the environment with your gardening activities. If you’re looking for ways to green up your gardening skills, keep on reading.
Make your own compost
Store-bought fertilizers can contain a lot of toxic chemicals that only pollute the environment. Therefore, your best option is to make your own organic compost. Simply get a compost bin. Use this bin for any organic waste you have and after about a month, you will have perfectly safe yet very effective fertilizer for your garden.
Grow your own food
As mentioned, one of the great benefits of gardening is the possibility to grow your own fruits, veggies and herbs. This is also very important when it comes to a sustainable lifestyle. Not only will you be able to eat fresh and healthy food, but you will also minimize your spending. If you aren’t able to support local farmers and organic food companies, this is a great alternative. On the similar note, remember that everything can be reused and recycled and some household items can also serve as garden tools.
Deal with pests naturally
Now, anyone who has been even a little bit serious with gardening knows how annoying it is to deal with pests. Chemical pesticides might seem like a quick fix, but these are also damaging for the environment. They can also be a health hazard if you grow plants for consumption. A great solution is to actually add plants and flowers to your garden that act as a natural repellent for pests. Another interesting option is to have ladybirds, lacewings, and ground beetles living in your garden. These bugs can actually get rid of the ones that are damaging to your plants. Moreover, birds can help a lot when it comes to clearing out your garden from pesky bugs, so feel free to welcome them to your yard as well.
Control water use
If you’re not careful about the way you water your plants, you can waste a serious amount of water. This is a big reason for concern since water shortages are expected to happen all over the world in the next two decades. The best way to deal with this issue is to collect rain. This process is fairly easy – simply install rain barrels and wait for them to fill up. During dry seasons, till the soil and spread compost so that water can be preserved for longer and absorbed slowly.
Consider the elements
If you want your plants to thrive, it would be best to opt for native plants that are known for their ability to grow nicely in your local climate. Of course, the elements can be very unpredictable, which means that you can’t really expect your plants to do all the work. A helpful way to protect your plants is to install waterproof shade sails. Not only will the shade sails provide a cover for your plants, but for you, too, during those relaxing moments when you want to enjoy yourself in your backyard getaway.
If you want to enjoy your garden activities to the fullest and do your part for the environment at the same time, seriously consider the above-mentioned tips and tricks. Greening up your garden is so much more than meets the eye.