For people who are growing gardens, you might be concerned about its sustainability. While it’s easy to think of gardening as an environmentally-friendly hobby, it can actually end up harming the environment if you don’t take the right precautions. If you want your garden to go green, read on to find out about some sustainable gardening tips to help your garden be better for the planet.
What is Sustainable Gardening
Sustainable gardening methods help grow plants in a manner that doesn’t harm the environment. Resources must be used carefully, and methods that hurt ecosystems must be avoided.
Tip #1: Compost Food and Garden Waste
Composting lets you create a natural plant fertilizer, which is perfect for sustainable gardening. It lowers your needs for synthetic fertilizers as well as the amount of garden waste that gets put in landfills. It’s also good because it improves your garden’s soil quality and helps retain moisture.
All you have to do is save all organic matter in your kitchen except meat scraps, then put them in a compost bin or pile. After those scraps have cured (usually takes a couple of weeks), you can add them to your garden.
Tip #2: Pick your Plants Carefully
Another sustainable gardening practice is to select plants that are native to where you live since they have already acclimated to your surroundings. It also doesn’t hurt to pick dwarf, pest-resistant and drought- tolerant plants because they demand less attention and water, which helps you conserve resources. Sustainable gardening advises that you also use plants that are compatible with each other. This all helps conserve resources as well as saving you time and money.
Tip #3: Use Recycled Materials In the Garden
Recycling is a crucial component of sustainable gardening because it helps materials stay out of landfills. While you could go out and purchase mulch, you may want to first consider the materials you already have on-hand, and see if you can recycle them into the materials that you need.
If you’re unsure of how you can recycle in your garden, here are some ways you can do it:
- Use shredded newspaper or cardboard boxes for weed prevention.
- Fallen pine needles can be used as mulch..
- Use cardboard egg cartons or empty toilet paper rolls as places to start your seeds
Use broken gardening tools, wine bottles, tea chups, sea glass, and shells as decoration in your garden
- Use tree trunks as seating and shredded branches for woodchip pathways
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