With our love for gardening comes our love for living life to the greenest. As much as we support being active in our gardens, window boxes and backyards, we also believe it’s important to take care of the environment while doing so.
Since it’s easy to get caught up in ways to make our garden more lavish instead of eco-conscious, we’ve found 5 great tips and techniques for you to use to help make your garden more green.
Harvest rainwater. Collect rainwater from your gutters and roof areas by directing a downspout to a rain barrel. This is an inexpensive and effortless way to capture mineral- and chlorine-free water for lawns, yards and gardens. Place a screen on top of your barrel to keep out insects, debris, etc. and make frequent use of your water supply to keep it moving and aerated.
Stay away from harmful pesticides. Keep your garden healthy without using harmful pesticides by purchasing naturally derived, safe chemical options. Or, if you want to stay away from chemicals all together, try using coffee grounds! They add nitrogen to soil, increase the acidity for acid-loving plants, and most importantly, they repel a wide range of pests—big and small.
Make repurposed plant pots. Sprout plants from seed in a paper-based egg carton or other salvaged containers to avoid the cost and waste of new, non-recyclable pots. By thinking outside the planter box, you can create truly one-of-a-kind containers that add a touch of eco-friendly style to your garden.
Recycle your waste. After a day in the garden, what do you do with waste like plastic, pots and paper sacks? Next time pay attention to what can and can’t be recycled or reused. (Can anything be repurposed for a future potted plant?) Also, don’t just toss away your compost and tree clippings. Reuse them for mulch to save on resources and costs.
Maximize your space. Make the most of your green space by learning about companion planting. Keep in mind that some crops benefit from growing near certain other plants. That can mean anything from improving growth to enhancing flavor to helping repel pests. (Here’s a list of compatible plant combinations to help get your garden started, http://companionplanting.net/ListofCompanionPlants.html.)
What are you doing to be more eco-conscious in the garden? Share your tips for creating a greener, more sustainable garden here!