Creating an Eco-Friendly Garden
When you hear about an eco-friendly garden in most cases, you might picture a wild overgrown garden loaded with tons of insects, trees, and wildflowers. While there is some amount of truth to that we find that nowadays more people are turning the smallest of gardens into an eco-friendly habit that will add life and beauty to any location. Whether you have a small space or a big walk-through garden, there are simple tips and equipment available to make that space into one that brings a new perspective to the idea of gardening. Sustainability is the new black! You might not be able to use 100% clean energy in your house, but you can start small – in your very own garden. Keep reading to find out more!
Use the right Plants
It would be a good idea to choose plants that are native to the area for quite a few reasons. One of these is because those plants would have already been accustomed to the environment so they wouldn’t need as much water and maintenance like a ghost orchid for example. This in itself will save you lots of time cash that you would use to get items needed for the specific care of that plant. Go for plants that also provide protection in summer times when the temperature can skyrocket, while still letting in just enough sunlight for the other plants to utilize. If possible, use renewable energy lamps and try to save your water supply!
Make use of Compost
This is one of the most effective ways to ensure your garden gets natural nutrients. Compost has the ability to break down naturally without any assistance; so all those eggshells, vegetable peels, lawn clippings, and fruit skins will serve a better purpose to your plants than sitting in your trash can. You can even consider building your very own compost bin so you will always have “plant food” on hand. If you prefer, there is always the option of getting one ready-made and seeing that they come in a host of sizes and materials, you can find one that best suits your needs.
There are cases where harmful insects can lurk around your garden and mess with your hard work. However, if you choose to use poisonous chemicals in an effort to get rid of them, you may end up getting rid of beneficial insects and destroying your garden. Invest in biopesticides that can control the insect population naturally without affecting the plants. You can create your own non-toxic pesticide with stuff that might be sitting in your kitchen, or you can head to your local gardening store and ask specifically for non-toxic brands. It also helps to check the labels just to be on the safe side.
Water conservation is a vital part of maintaining an eco-friendly garden seeing that lots of water can be wasted if you aren’t vigilant. There are many options that can be explored as it relates to saving water such as investing in rainwater barrels and setting up a root-side irrigation system. If you’re thinking bigger, there is always the idea of channelling rainwater from your roof into an underground tank that can be stored for future use. Avoid using sprinklers because they distribute most of the water to the leaves instead of the roots where it’s really needed.
Having an eco-friendly garden can be quite beneficial because it contributes so much to various insects and wildlife. Furthermore, it will give access to a consistent supply of organic food that will once again help you keep some of that hard earned money in your pocket. There are plenty of other suggestions and tips that may come in handy if you do some research. If you prefer a more practical approach, make a few friends who share similar hobbies and exchange ideas.