It’s time to make a change! Skip the garden chemicals, and instead, grow a healthy and sustainable garden with these 3 simple tips.
When it comes to “green” living, what could be greener than growing your own garden?
While this sounds like a good idea, the truth is that many home gardeners unwittingly contribute to agricultural pollution through the garden chemicals and fertilizers they use.
Fortunately, by switching to organic and sustainable gardening methods, you can reduce your environmental impact, and make a difference for your own health, as well as the health of the world around you. And it’s not as hard as you might think!
The three tips below will explain how easy (and fun!) it can be to grow a more sustainable garden:
1.) Mix and Match
The first, but also the most important part of growing your garden is carefully choosing the plants you’re going to cultivate. If you wish to make your garden more sustainable, the best way to do that is to choose plants which are native to your region and climate. This will enable them to grow and develop in a natural manner, without requiring…excessive use of water, chemicals and other materials. Another thing that could help green up your garden is to try and plant certain types of plants together. This practice, commonly known as companion planting, is focused on planting different types of crops in close proximity to benefit from natural pest control, increase productivity and maximize the use of space.
2.) Create Your Own Compost
…plants are usually treated with fertilizers so they get the nutrients they need. The problem lies in the fact that many of these fertilizers are comprised from harmful chemicals which are toxic for our surroundings. On the other hand, making your own compost or treating your soil with manure and organic matter can help your garden flourish without harming the environment or your wallet…
3.) Protect and Serve
Right next to fertilizers, the most commonly used products in gardening are pesticides. These toxic substances have only one purpose and that’s to kill any insects that can harm your crops… (However) using pesticides is known to have a great negative impact on both the environment and human health. This being said, it’s best to rely on more natural methods of pest control. There are certain plants and herbs which are known to act as natural deterrents against insects and other bugs, while you can rely on some useful animals like ladybugs and beetles as well as birds to protect your garden from creatures that wish to attack your crops.