If you want to enter into the realm of eco gardening you’ll want to know these tips. Whether you desire a garden that supplies you with fresh produce or just a bright splash of colour in your yard you can use these eco friendly practices. Eco gardening can be relatively simple and it can save you money as long as you make a few changes to your gardening practices. Here’s what you need to know!
Use recycled water for watering your organic garden
Think about all of the water that you use everyday. You may not want to drink water that has been used for another purpose, but your plants will be happy to soak it up. Thinking of ways to conserve is a great way to practice eco gardening. Consider saving the water that you use to rinse your rice or dishwater that doesn’t have too much soap in it. What about all the water that goes down the drain while you are waiting for your shower to get warm or all that bath water after you soak in the tub? You can collect this water in containers and use it to water your plants. This saves water and if you have collection bins in the kitchen and the bathroom it will also save you from having to repeatedly having to refill your watering can!
Eco gardening doesn’t involve using harmful pesticides
Ladybugs eat other bugs that eat your garden, so they act as a natural pesticide. Rather than purchasing ladybugs for your garden you can encourage them to come to your garden simply by not using pesticides. Aphids and other pests are food for ladybugs, so don’t kill them with poison; leave them for the ladybugs to munch on! Some flowers, like marigolds act as natural pest repellants. If you plant certain flowers interspersed with your vegetables it can help protect them from pests without using harmful chemical pesticides. When you eat the vegetables from your garden you can know for sure that they are 100% organic and have not been treated with any harmful chemicals.
Make your own compost for a healthy garden
Composting is a way of replenishing the nutrients in the soil that have been stripped away by growing plants. There are different varieties of compost, but one is worm composting. Worms create rich compost that can be mixed in with the dirt. Worm compost is all natural and it greatly enriches the amount of nutrients in the soil that is necessary for plants to thrive. You can buy worms from local farmers markets or make your own. Of course there are also traditional composts made from decomposing plant matter. The easiest way to remember to compost is to have a small bin in the kitchen. You can collect all of your appropriate compostable items throughout the day into the small bin and then add the contents to the compost every few days. The best part about composting is that it is free!
Eco gardening doesn’t take much additional effort but it is much better for the environment and for you too. You can enjoy fresh produce that has not been treated by chemicals and be proud of the fact that tending to your garden did not create excess waste. Now that’s a good feeling.