Gardening is once again becoming a fashionable pastime, and an increasing number of people are starting to see the appeal of a sustainable garden.
Just by taking a few small steps, individuals will discover that the environmental benefits of an eco-friendly garden are numerous. People of all ages can start their own gardens in even the smallest of spaces.
Creating an eco-friendly garden is not simply a question of growing a lot of organic fruit and vegetables on large plots of land. Small spaces can be made eco-friendly and still be productive. Pots and tubs are ideal for growing a variety of plants and can be moved around if needed; they are also perfect for those with limited space to work with.
Eco-friendly garden must-haves
A compost heap should not be forgotten in the eco-friendly garden. It is easy to create one from scratch, so there is no need to purchase ready-made compost. Instead, use up kitchen scraps and garden waste, which will reduce the amount of trash that will be taken by garbage collectors to nearby landfills. A compost heap should be placed in a section of the garden which is either sunny or in semi-shade. It will take a while to establish, but it is a very natural option.
Garden pests are traditionally taken care of with chemicals, but in an eco-friendly garden, this should be avoided. Organic methods are far better for the environment and the soil. Slugs are a pest that most gardeners battle with at one time or another, but it is not essential to use slug pellets on them – these pellets could potentially harm other creatures as well. Slugs do like beer though; a simple trap can be made and will not cause harm to others. To take care of other garden nuisances, selecting certain plants with the ability to discourage pests will help.
A rainwater tank is another eco-friendly essential. This will collect rainwater and reduce the gardener’s reliance on tap water for watering plants. If there are garden hose bans in place, a method such as this can help the gardener get around the regulations. The tank will also never need to be moved once in place and can be used for years.
Create a space where the garden can be enjoyed. Explore stores such as Furniture Village for the perfect outdoor furniture, so that all the hard work that goes into creating the garden can be appreciated once it has been established. It also makes the garden a great place for entertaining friends and family.
Plants for an eco-friendly garden
A must for the eco-friendly garden is a wide range of vegetables. Those who want to eat organic produce will find it expensive to purchase in the supermarket, but growing vegetables at home is an cost-effective alternative – not to mention, they will always be conveniently available and are sure to taste great. Herbs and edible flowers also make great choices.
Keeping everything natural is a must for the eco-friendly garden. Many older people will remember that this is how gardening used to be, before the rise in popularity of chemicals and time-saving devices and machinery, so it is simply a question of taking things back to how they were then.
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