Making your life as environmentally friendly as possible begins in one place, the garden. This is the one area that, if you are definitely serious about changing the planet, you need to ensure that it’s up to scratch in so many different ways. We can all cut down on water usage, or shower with cold water, etc., if we are looking to make a big impact on the environment, the garden has to take priority. So, what are the best ways to do this?
Of course, growing vegetables is one of the best ways to become self-sustaining, which will have a positive impact on the environment, but to do this properly, you need to make sure you have an environment to yield the best quality fruits and vegetables. The best approach to take is a methodical one when it comes to being self-sustaining, and getting into the habit of tending to your vegetable garden on a regular basis, so you are maximizing the impact of this space, but no fruits or vegetables go to waste. One of the simplest ways to get into an environmental frame of mind is to reuse rainwater for the purposes of watering your plants. You can do this by purchasing one of those polyethylene vertical storage tanks to catch rainwater, which you can then use to water your plants. Of course, being outdoors, they are getting an abundance of rainwater, this is going that one step further.
Attracting Friendly Bugs
While greenfly is the bane of many gardeners life, there are many bugs out there that can help to reduce the number of harmful bugs in your garden. Ladybirds and lacewings are two common examples, as they eat aphids. And on top of this, if you’ve got lots of slugs or caterpillars that are endeavoring to ruin your garden, install some bird feeders and nesting boxes, so these winged protectors will visit more often, and therefore will cut down on the number of slugs and snails in your garden.
Also known as companion planting, by finding the right combinations to improve growth, you are making the most of the space, as well as providing adequate shade for some of the other plants. There are many combinations to consider, such as carrots and spring onions, rose and garlic, as well as chives and tomatoes. These combinations help to deter certain pests.
Improving Your Soil
You can do this in many ways, but by having good quality soil, you will have numerous healthy plants grow, and if you have decent compost or manure, this helps to reload your soil with the essential nutrients and microorganisms. It’s very easy to make your own compost, and not only can you do it with leftover vegetable peelings and waste from the house, it will save you money in the long run.
Being environmentally friendly is a common concern nowadays, and this is why it begins at home. By starting in your garden, becoming green fingered is one of the best ways to have a big impact on the world.
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