Getting a little more environmentally friendly isn’t just reserved for inside the home or saving money on gas for the car. We can also get a little more planet-friendly by having a better garden. The terms green-fingers can refer not only to the concept of grass and trees, but also having a hands-on approach to saving money and the environment in your own backyard.
So whether you’re a keen gardener or you’d like to be, here are a few ideas for a more efficient and useful garden that can help the Earth become a little more sustainable.
1. Be Cautious With Chemicals
It’s not secret that farmers often use pesticides and fertilisers to help their gardens grow and to produce larger and more succulent fruits and vegetables. By keeping bugs away, they can prevent slugs nipping at their cabbages and provide greeneries that look far more fresh than organic ones.
However, using fertilisers and pesticides is damaging to the environment on several counts. Firstly, they’re killing animals. If a friendly little rabbit gets a mouthful of pesticide from your lettuces, it’s not likely to survive until the afternoon. Although this may seem to save your plants from creatures roaming your lands, in fact animals don’t work the same way as us; it’s not a deterrent, it won’t stop them coming back, it just kills the ones who do.
Secondly, pesticides and fertilisers run off your plants when it rains. This means it gets into the soil and can run along the land into rivers, polluting the water and killing the animals.
A further issue of this is that water poisoned with pesticides gets evaporated in the water cycle, gets into the air and causes acid rain.
Try not to use them or if you do, try to be selective of which are the least damaging to the environment.
2. DIY Compost
Waste is a big issue throughout the whole world today. We’re producing more than we can handle, without thinking about the consequences.
A great environmentally way to cut down waste that fills landfill sites is to reuse some of the garbage we are producing for other things.
Food waste can be turned into composts. By placing all your potato peelings, apple cores, dinner leftovers etc into a pot on your kitchen side, you can add this to a compost bin. hen the waste decomposes, you have amazing fertilising compost which can be used to help your plants’ growth accelerate.
Not only is this great for the environment and your plants, it also saves you money on expensive compost or soil bought from garden centers.
3. Grown Your Own
Let’s go back to the olden days. Let’s all have vegetable patches.
Vegetable patches give you a renewable and delicious, cost-free way of gaining fruits and vegetables to use at your table. Not only are they far cheaper and better quality than ones you buy at the supermarket, you’re helping reduce emissions through vegetable transportation to supermarkets, and you’re reducing the amount of packaging you use and dispose of.
4. Drip Drip Drip
We all hate rain. It means we have to stay inside and can’t go out and play.
However, as fresh water is a valuable commodity on Earth, collecting rainwater can help us preserve what we do have and save us money on water bills in the process.
Collecting rainwater in a giant container is a great way to utilise a natural resource. It can be used as the water for keeping your plants moist, to wash your car or o clean your windows. Also, by collecting rainwater, you’re helping to prevent the possibility of flooding in your own garden.
5. Preserve Your Water
We all want a gloriously vibrant lawn in our gardens but this comes at a financial and environmental price. By leaving your sprinkler running for hours, you’re wasting water. Same with using a free flow hosepipe. It’s time to start conserving the amount you use; being a little more careful with water.
Firstly, think efficiently. Watering your plants at high sun isn’t the way to get them the liquid they need. As the sun is hottest at midday, the water evaporates, the plants remain thirsty and you just wasted a whole watering can. Watering your plants at dusk is a much better idea as the sun won’t steal the moisture and you won’t need as much water to get the job done.
Secondly, don’t use a sprinkler or a free flow hosepipe; try using a soaker head or a sprinkling head. Like a shower, it uses less water but you’ll find the plants still get what they need.
6. Fill the Space
If you have a small well sunlit area of the garden that you’re not looking, maybe look at installing a few solar panels to power a home solar power generator. This is a great way to use all the space you have in your garden to help protect the environment. As an added extra, it cuts down to cost of energy usage!
The basic message here is that your garden is a personal haven for protecting the environment and providing a source of food and water for your home. Don’t overlook it; start utilising it, but utilising it efficiently and effectively to get the most out of it as a tool to save money and help the planet.