Many of us enjoy having a garden - it's a chance to enjoy fresh air, to be physically active and to nurture plants and trees that will make our home more beautiful and relaxing.
But there is one more reason why having a garden is beneficial - we also have the opportunity to help our environment. It's finally coming into attention that even homeowners with small gardens can make their contribution to reducing environmental footprint. Now, more than ever, it is significant to try to create an Eco-friendly garden that not only does something good for you but also for the planet. And here's how to achieve that.
The quickest way to an Eco-friendly garden is to be free of chemical pesticides and fertilizer. Your flowers, vegetables and fruits don't have to be treated by chemicals. Instead, you should switch to non-GMO seeds and use organic compost and mulch to fertilize the garden. Also, if you opt for techniques such as companion planting, you won't need the pesticides in the garden.
This technique deserves a special explanation. In essence, it represents mixing two types of plants that together can thrive and be free of pests, meaning there will also be no need for chemical treatments. Before you start planting in your garden, make sure all the types you want to grow go well with each other. Here are some of the most popular and successful pairs in the world of plants:
- Chives and tomatoes - chives can protect the tomatoes because their smell repels aphids that attack tomatoes. And the smell doesn't affect the tomatoes, so their smell and flavor will be the same.
- Rose and garlic - garlic protects the rose from pests due to its smell and is also a great ingredient in the kitchen.
- Carrot and spring onions - this is a win-win situation. Carrot root fly is repelled by the smell of onion, but the smell of carrots will also repel the onion fly.
Starting to prepare a compost pile should be one of your first steps. Compost is great because it fills the soil with essential nutrients and prevents them from ending up at a landfill. It's important not to add dairy or meat to the pile and make sure everything is organic - include coffee grounds, leaves, eggshells and grass clippings, as well as any waste from vegetables and fruits. When you collect a significant amount, spread it over a sunny corner of the garden. In the right weather, bugs responsible for producing compost will appear, and the compost will be ready for you to use in about six months.
First of all, helping the environment also means choosing the right gardening equipment which will last for decades - it's also a way of reducing your environmental footprint. Manufacturing emissions and waste are reduced through the use of reliable gardening tools such as Hoselink that don't get broken easily.
Also, a push mower is a greener option than gas powered machines. If that's too impractical for you, then turn to an electric mower. There are many energy-efficient gardening machines than can serve you as successfully as the ones powered by gas.
Even though lights in the garden are necessary, it doesn't mean you can do something about it. By installing solar panels that will use the sunlight to charge their batteries, you will be able to light your garden at night without being too dependent on the electricity.
You don't have to be dependable on the weather and you don't have to feel guilty about using the municipal water. A much better solution is to install rain water barrels to collect rain from spouts so they can be used later for watering the garden. If you want to make watering easier, install a mechanical sprinkler to the barrels.
Of course, these are not the only ways you can turn your garden into an Eco-friendly one. There are many other tricks you can find online or learn from other Eco-friendly gardeners if you have the will. It will be better for your family, for your garden and for the environment.