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Green gardening is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint at home. It’ll also save you money! Here are some eco-friendly gardening tips to make your thumb even greener this year.
Use the Real Deal
Mother Nature knows best when it comes to growing a sustainable garden.With nature on your side, there’s no need to use pesticides, weed killers and chemical fertilizers. It’s best to skip the poison and opt for some natural compost, so you aren’t introducing harmful chemicals into the environment. You can even make your own compost – it’s eco-friendly and free! Try usingleaves, grass cuttings, sheets of newspaper, wood chips, fruit and vegetable scraps and coffee grounds.
Remember the Waste Hierarchy
Remember the three R’s? Reduce, reuse and recycle. The waste hierarchy is a great way to conserve resources and reduce consumption in your garden. You can reuse food containers from around the house, like yogurt or milk containers. If you choose to buy supplies, you can choose environmentally friendly planters or materials.
Grow Your Food
Growing food in your garden can help reduce your carbon footprint – just make sure to skip the chemical pesticides. Eating your own crops will reduce the pollution from transporting food to the supermarket. Growing food in your garden is healthy for you, too! You’ll be more likely to eat the fresher and better tasting foods and you can be sure they do not contain pesticides, chemical fertilizers or hormones.
Conserving water is a great way to make your garden greener. You can consider installing an efficient drip or soaker hose system that gently and slowly injects water into the ground’s surface. If you have a sprinkler system, you can install a rain or solar sensor that detects when water is necessary. An inexpensive option is to add a rain barrel.Collecting rainwater will give you a supply during the dryer months and provide and option if you live in a water-restricted area.
Choose Your Plants Wisely
The key here is to plant native species. They are best for the environment because they have spent the entirety of their evolution adapting to local conditions and tend stand up well to pests. These plants are also lower maintenance and grow well with little care – allowing you to skip pesticides and use less water. Here are some tips on how to go native in your garden.
Join or Create a Community Garden
If you don’t have access to a personal garden space, creating or joining a community garden is a great option. Gather up your community and create a space dedicated to growing flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs. This option is even more sustainable than a personal garden because you’ll be using fewer resources!
What are some of your green gardening tricks? I’d love to hear them!