Green is the buzzword these days! Eco-friendly gardening is one of the best ways to play your part as an environmentally conscious human being. You are not only contributing to the environment but also promoting a lifestyle choice minus chemicals and pesticides.
These simple steps will help you attain that objective without burning a hole in your pocket.
From Your Kitchen
You can use many ingredients like coffee grounds, dried eggshells, used tea leaves etc., from your kitchen to enrich soil with nutrients as an alternative to fertilizers.
Using natural ingredients like banana peel
and egg shells to give plants nutrients
Make A Compost Heap
Compost consists of waste, organic and otherwise that can be decomposed. Compost can make your soil nutrient rich. Use shredded paper, fruits and vegetables, grass clippings, egg shells, left over meals etc. to make compost but remember not to add dairy products or meat. Spray the compost heap with water every once in a while to keep it moist and allow to decompose.
Using kitchen waste to create compost heap
Use color coded waste basket to easily segregate waste for your compost heap.
Color coded dustbins
Install a rainwater harvesting system that collects rainwater in a tank for you to reuse. Opting for a container garden versus a grass lawn will also save water because lawns consume large amounts of water to stay healthy.
Rain water harvesting to reuse the water collected
Choose Native Plants And Flowers
Native plants and flowers need less time, care, labor, water, pesticide and fertilizer because they are naturally adapted to the climate and are compatible to the growing conditions. Native plants also help the ecosystem by providing suitable habitats for beneficial native insects.
Planting the native flowers to add color and equilibrium to the garden
Natural Plant Disease Cures
Plants don’t need toxic insecticides and pesticides to remain healthy or fight off disease. Use Eco-friendly options like potassium bicarbonate, baking soda and milk to protect your plants from disease.
Use milk to treat fungal infection on plants
Kill Weeds Naturally
Ingredients from your kitchen can also be used to kill weeds and pests in your garden without affecting the quality of the soil. You can use a vinegar spray or boiling water to kill weeds rather than relying on synthetic chemicals.
Weeds killed using vinegar spray or boiling water
Grow Your Own Veg
Fresh veggies straight from your kitchen garden are a healthy, organic alternative and while they grow they help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere partly from the transportation of vegetables to different parts of the country!
Plant your own veggies
Invite The Birds In
Birds help in spreading pollen and also act as a natural pest control by eating insects that attack garden plants. Placing bird baths and bird feeders around your garden encourages birds to come and join in in your gardening activities!
A birdhouse in the garden
These are some simple things that you can do to go green with your gardening hobby today!