9 eco-friendly gardening tips everyone should know
In an increasingly eco-friendly world, you may be looking for a way to “greenify” your garden. With these 9 handy tips, you’ll be able to reduce your carbon footprint in no time.
Not to mention creating a gorgeous environment for you to admire while sitting back on your stylish garden rattan furniture.
Upcycle, upcycle, upcycle!
This is a simple and easy one to start off with! Upcycling is a way of reducing waste by taking old unwanted things and turning them into something new to reduce waste and by extension your carbon footprint. There are a multitude of things in your garden that you could turn into something useful – do you have a broken wheelbarrow? Drill some holes in the bottom, line it, fill it with soil and you have a brand-new planter. Planning on throwing away your old outdoor sofa? Take the fabric, wash it and turn it into a tablecloth or a pillow.
And if there really is no way you can upcycle with what you have, make sure you at least remember to recycle your waste, as this is one of the most important parts of being eco-friendly.
Grow your own food
Another way you can adapt to a more eco friendly lifestyle is by growing your own food. Rather than buying food with tons of airmiles, you could save money and save the planet by making a little vegetable garden. There are so many vegetables that are easy to grow from home and once you’ve made your first batch you can even use the seeds to plant more (although you should be wary of doing this too often, as it can sometimes result in diseased plants)
Create specific spaces for wildlife
Supporting wildlife is one of the most important things you can do for the planet – and you can do your bit by creating spaces for various animals in your garden. The first and most obvious way of doing this is the classic birdbox, which you could even make out of upcycled wood if you’re still brainstorming from our first point. Planting native trees, such as conifers and yew trees, can also attract various birds and insects and hedges can provide additional nesting areas
There are a multitude of ways you can save water in your garden, the first being to take notice of how much you’re watering your plants. This is obviously something necessary for all plants, but be sure to research how often they need it and how much water they actually need, so you don’t waste water that could be saved and used elsewhere. If you want to do something more practical, you can collect rainwater and use that for your plants, or if you feel you’re still using up too much, invest in plants that don’t require as much watering
Make your own compost
Compost is an indispensable tool in any garden – and it’s much more eco friendly to make your own, as opposed to buying it pre-made. All you need to start with is some kind of bin or tumbler (with holes drilled in the bottom and all around it to let the air in), as well as few inches deep layer of twigs and/or straw to aerate the pile and help with drainage. After that, build up a layer of moist and dry materials, like food scraps and tea bags, before adding manure to the pile and occasionally watering it. Then, cover it over and turn it every few weeks – you’ll have your own compost in no time
Seek out eco friendly materials
Something else you can do is to seek out more environmentally friendly materials and products, which you should easily be able to find online, such as organic soils (if you don’t want to follow the tip above), tools that conserve water and even a push reel mower, which doesn’t use power in the same way as a regular mower would
Companion planting is another unique way to help the plants in your garden to flourish. It’s a pretty simple concept that works especially well with growing food: when you’re placing new plants, put different species that have mutual benefits next to each other. Examples of this include putting horseradish next to potato plants to help stop the latter from getting diseases, using sweet marjoram to sweeten herbs and vegetables and planting pumpkins with sunflowers.
Reduce your use of chemicals – switch to eco-friendly fertilizers
There are many eco-friendly solutions to chemical fertilizers, which are damaging to human health in addition to being bad for soil and the planet in general. You can use animal waste, peat, seaweed or you could look in your local garden centre for some green alternatives.
Invest in an eco roof
This is one you may not have heard of, but it can be really useful. Essentially, these are rooves that are covered in greenery on top of a waterproofing membrane. There will most likely also be layers underneath, such as a root barrier and/or a drainage system. They can reduce energy as well as heat consumption and it’s always good to have more greenery around – this is definitely something worth looking into.
In conclusion, there are many many ways you can adapt your garden to be more eco-friendly, including companion planting, reducing your use of water and chemicals, making your own compost, growing your own food, upcycling and investing in an eco-roof.