The importance of conserving our natural resources has never been so crucial. By having a well-kept, eco-friendly garden you won’t just be creating a nice little green oasis for yourself, but a reduction to your carbon footprint too.
Here are some great hacks on how to eco-garden for a better planet.
CONSERVE YOUR RESOURCES
Think about how much water you use for your plants and consider installing a barrel or tub to collect the rainwater, which can be used as an alternative to using water straight from the tap. Similarly, install solar powered outdoor lighting to save on energy.
COMPOST YOUR WASTE
Although it will take around six months for garden and food waste to compost, your garden will thank you for it! To set up compost in your garden you will need a container with a lid to put all organic matter such as leaves, weeds and food scraps in. Make sure you break up the compost regularly so it can decompose effectively.
AVOID TOXIC CHEMICALS
Try to avoid using harmful chemicals to take care of your garden. Instead, you could create your own weed killer using a vinegar spray in combination with digging over the soil regularly. If you have slugs and snails visiting your garden too frequently, try crushing eggshells to create barriers around your precious plants. Coffee, beer and grapefruit are also great deterrents to discourage these pests.
FEED THE EARTH
Like us, plants need nourishing food too! In particular, calcium is an important supplement to use as it helps to limit the risks of plant diseases. A good way to give your plants calcium is to powder up eggshells and mix in with potting earth before planting. If you want to make your own fertiliser, cut off some nettles and place them in a bucket of water for a few days. This will provide your plants with the necessary nitrogen they need to grow healthily. Just be aware, the water will smell quite a bit!
ENCOURAGE THE WILDLIFE
Bugs such as slugs, snails and grubs are a common problem in any garden but if you encourage birds into your green spaces by setting up nesting boxes and bird feeders, they can act as natural protectors and help the battle against bugs! Similarly, plant flowers that will help bees to cross-pollinate and include a water bath to provide a water supply free from chemicals. Undertaking eco-friendly garden habits will provide food and shelter for local wildlife and also contribute to being kind to the planet.