Most people think gardening is an eco-friendly process in and of itself, but the truth is there are some habits that can have a negitive effect on the environment. The good news is there are lots of ways that you can make eco-minded changes that will create a positive effect. This eco gardening list will help you grow good things and feel good doing it.
Grow Seedlings in Eggshells
Recycle your egg shells and use them to plant your seedlings. When your ready to transfer them to your garden you can add the shell directly to the soil. The egg shell will compost away and help feed the plant and better the soil.
Cut down your water bill and recycle rain water by setting up barrels to collect water for your garden and flower beds.
Adding compost to your soil will retain water and reduce evaporation which means you will use less water. You can also reduce water usage by using soaker hoses or drip irrigation rather than a sprinkler which can use double the amount of the water. Watering early in the day will also help by avoiding evaporation and winds.
Make your own compost where you can collect leaves, twigs and food waste to give your garden the best soil quality possible and reduce your home trash.
Use Natural Pest Control
- Ladybugs and lacewings eat aphids. By planting bright flowers such as sunflowers and marigolds you will create places for these bugs to lay their eggs.
- Birds eat slugs, snails, grubs, and caterpillars that will destroy plants. Put up birdfeeders and keep them stocked to attract these helpful neighbors that also make great background music.
- Use products that minimize harm to beneficial insects like butterflies and bees. Pollinators like the honey bee affect 35 percent of the world’s crop production, so what's good for them is good for us all!
Choose Native Plants and Flowers
Because native plants are naturally adapted to your environment they will require less water and fertilizer, not to mention how they will benefit local wildlife.
Ditch The Synthetic Products
Using Potassium bicarbonate, milk, baking soda and cooking oil for disease control sprays are safer for the environment and cheaper. Find some homemade organic recipes here.
Use Environmentally Friendly Equipment
Use a push mower if possible and electric equipment rather than gas.
Use Recycled Items Where Possible
Try finding a unique up-cycles like these Rustic Garden Markers instead of purchasing new products. You may be suprised by the amount of house hold items that can be put to good use in your garden.
If you love to garden or know someone else who does, there are some great seed paper products that can make it a little more fun. Made from post-consumer material, The Seed Paper Pocket Garden contains six beautifully illustrated cards - one each of parsley, tomato, basil, dill, lettuce and carrots.
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