Of all the sectors of your domestic sphere, the garden should surely be the most environmentally friendly. That’s because, well, it’s a kind of natural environment in itself. It seems foolish to ruin that with some wasteful gardening habits.
With pollution and harmful habits becoming more and more of a concern, gardens are about much more than just appealing to the eyes of onlookers. They also have to appeal to one’s conscience.
There are a surprising number of quick fixes that not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also save you money, help you make the most of what you spend, and effectively put your local eco system on a real health kick.
It’s easier than you think.
Making your own compost is a fantastic way of getting rid of your excess organic kitchen matter so that you can save money on buying compost too. A few bits and pieces you can include:
- Banana and Orange peel
- Coffee grounds
- Dead leaves
- Shredded paper
- Egg shells
Avoid using meat and dairy, though; it doesn’t react particularly well to the composting process.
If you’ve only got a small area to compost in, invite a family of worms to help speed up the process; you can normally purchase them at your local gardening centre. Keep a compost bin for all these materials and be sure to keep it damp to encourage decomposition.
Get Help From Friends
We’re not talking your neighbours, or Jeff from work. Your local garden critters can actually be a big help.
Ladybirds, for example, eat aphids, protecting your crops from being gnawed on during critical stages of growth. You can attract ladybirds with bright flowers like marigolds.
To keep the larger bugs in order, get your feathered friends involved. Birds will take care of most slug and caterpillar infestations, so make it clear they’re welcome in your garden by hanging up a bird feeder.
There is also a phenomenon that a lot of gardeners are employing of late called “companion planting”. The basic idea is that seedlings more vulnerable to natural herbivores are planting next to flowers whose colour and smell will mask the more fragile plant. Some plants even deter certain insects; for example, marigolds are used to discourage whiteflies from feeding in their area.
The best part about eco-gardening is that it’s the best excuse you’ll ever get to be really cheap.
One of the most creative ways of keeping your plants healthy while saving money is using old plant bottles as miniature greenhouses. Cutting a bottle in half and using it to shelter a seedling not only protects it from the wriggling jaws of the local herbicidal wildlife, but it also magnifies the sun’s rays to maximise light intake.
Lighting your garden at night need not be costly, either. Consider installing a series of solar-powered lamps up you garden path as a super-cheap alternative to the energy costs that would normally be procured with electric lighting. It’s a solution that’s both stylish and practical.
With such an extensive range of outdoor furniture, we at Rattan Direct know better than most what it takes to whip your backyard into shape. If you can create a comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing outside space without causing undue damage to the environment, then you really are our kind of person!
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