Green Thumb and Green Tools—4 Eco-friendly Ways to Grow Your Garden
Gardening is a very popular hobby for several reasons. People love to beautify their homes, raise food for their families, and simply spend some quality time outside. However, poor techniques for keeping up a landscape or vegetable garden can be very destructive to the environment. Here are four tips for using your green thumb in a green way.
Compost Organic Material
It makes no sense to buy something that you’ve just thrown away, yet many people do exactly that in their garden and landscape. They buy expensive commercial organic matter after throwing away organic material that can provide those same nutrients.
Composting helps you make use of everything from potato peels to eggshells by converting them into rich organic matter that can be used to improve the soil for plants of all kinds.
Use Natural Fertilizers
Along those same lines, you can fertilize with something besides chemically-based fertilizers. Using organic fertilizers instead will lower your ecological footprint without sacrificing the healthy and productive growth that you want for your plants.
Organic fertilizers are made with very little environmental impact, and they are also safer to handle, apply, and store.
Be Strategic with Pest Management
Some gardeners think that if they see a bug, they should spray it. That is not necessary! You can maintain good control of pests in your garden without indiscriminate use of chemicals.
The watchword today is scouting. Keep an eye on your garden. When you begin to see a potentially damaging level of a certain pest, it is time to take action. Until then, leave the pesticides in the bottle.
Fight Disease Naturally
Most plant diseases are made worse by growing conditions. Lack of sunlight and excess moisture foster fungus problems in plants, so it can be helpful to modify your site in a way that is less accommodating for diseases.
Space rows wider so that sunlight and air can move onto the lowest leaves. Water in the morning so that foliage can dry during the day. Choose disease-resistant varieties of plants. If you have drainage issues in your plantings, work to resolve them so that they don’t harbor moisture for fungi.
With gardening, your eye is always on the outcomes. You want a healthy lawn, beautiful flowers, and a productive vegetable garden. Fortunately, it’s not necessary to use costly, pollutive chemicals to get those results. There are plenty of eco-friendly tools available for you to use without the financial and environmental costs associated with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.