Making your garden eco-friendly really isn’t as difficult as it may sound. In fact, there are a variety of ways you can make your garden more self-sustaining. Creating an environmentally friendly garden is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and it can also save you a bit on your food bill, too. Often, we don’t realise our gardens full potential. Regardless of whether you garden to help feed your family or whether you garden with an aesthetic focus, below are just a couple of suggestions on how you can make your garden more environmentally friendly.
Having a compost in your garden is a great way to get rid of your garden waste and gain beautiful soil a couple of months later. Not only is the process of composting ideal for your garden, giving it all of the nutrients it needs to flourish, it is also ideal for your wallet.
By adding compost to your garden, you are helping to promote healthy plant growth. Natural compost also helps to prevent plant disease from spreading and it can serve as a natural alternative to chemical fertilisers.
Tip: Avoid putting any meat or cooked products on your compost as this will attract rats and other unwanted rodents that can cause havoc in your garden.
Water butts instead of sprinklers
To reduce wasting water and racking up your water bill, we would suggest that you invest in a water butt. Water butts are an excellent source of natural water. They simply collect rainwater as it falls. It’s as simple as that. And the great thing is, you can use this water to sprinkle over your garden knowing that it is completely free and environmentally friendly, rather than an expense from your kitchen tap.
Saving seeds is an excellent alternative to buying packets of seeds from the store every couple of months. Collect seeds from the plants already growing in your garden or re-use seeds from products you have bought at the supermarket. For example, when you purchase tomatoes, why not de-seed them and there you have it, lovely tomato seeds to plant at no extra cost to yourself!
You can also scout local fields or woodlands for wildflower seeds or harvest-able native plants and grasses. If you do this, however, you must be able to identify weeds and other invasive plants so that you don’t accidentally incorporate these into your garden.
Do you often find yourself gardening late into the afternoon when dusk begins to settle? You may find yourself staggering back towards the house in the dark, fumbling with your key in the lock. So, why not light your path with some solar power lighting? Solar lights fixed into the ground will store energy for you during the daytime and light the way to your front door in the dark. Aside from being practical, they look stunning and are an eco-friendly alternative to lighting up your garden in the evenings.
Reuse and Recycle
Here at James Waste we love innovative ideas of how we can turn our trash into recycled material. And your garden is a great place to re-use your waste. Everyday packaging, such as plastic bottles and containers can be used with great efficiency in a garden environment. For example, plastic bottles can be used as seedling protectors by cutting off the base and placing them over the seedling patch. You can also hang old CD’s from string over your vegetable garden to protect it from birds. Or you can makeshift a watering can; simply poke a few holes into the lids of plastic bottles and use them to sprinkle your crops. The possibilities are endless.
We hope you have found these suggestions helpful. What are some of the ways you are making your garden more environmentally friendly? Let us know in the comments below, we would be keen to hear your ideas.