Practical Tips For Sustainable Gardening
- By Yuccabe Italia
- • Nov 15, 1901
For many people, gardening is their favorite hobby and they love maintaining a small garden in front of their houses or in the backyard. Little do we realize that our gardening methods and practices may have adverse direct effects on the environment. The use of chemicals fertilizers and pesticides is just a small portion of the problem. Luckily, we can maintain the health of the plants, the soil and the environment using natural/traditional methods rather than depending on commercial poisons.
Here are a few gardening tips compiled to create a sustainable garden:
- Composting - Instead of wasting leftover fruit and vegetable peels or other expired food, you can start a compost pile in the backyard. This is excellent for soil fertility, adds moisture to the soil and the right compost materials can create the perfect soil composition for growing your favorite fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid using chemically treated pesticides and fertilizers - Not only does this harm the local ecosystem, but terrifyingly fruit flies have also become immune to many kinds of pesticides like DDT. Use natural fertilizers such as eggshells, fruit peels, and fallen leaves and cut grass.
- Harness rainwater - Collecting rainwater saves you from spending energy and money on using a hose or sprinkler. You can save and reuse rainwater by storing it in buckets, rainwater tanks, swales etc. your reliance on the town water supply reduces significantly.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle and recover - The 4 R’s are crucial in creating the perfect, eco –friendly, sustainable garden and environment. Reduce the products you buy in the form of manure and fertilizers for your garden and use leftover scraps of food instead. Reuse non-biodegradable products like plastic items. Recycle plastic bottles buy converting them into mini greenhouses. Cut the bottle into the half, and invert the base portion over a sapling and place it in the sun. Recovering is done in factories and you must encourage companies that use recovered plastic.
- Know which insects are beneficial - Ladybugs, lacewings, mealybug destroyers, and ground beetles are all wonderful for your garden and they prevent bad bugs such as cutworms, mealybugs, and aphids from destroying the garden. You will become a better gardener if you attract the insects that kill plant destroyers. Attract ladybugs by planting lavender, dill, and spearmint in and around your house and allow Mother Nature to take care of the rest.
- Create a liquid fertilizer – Put compost and water in a pail and let the water get infused with nutrients from the compost for at least a day. Place a cheesecloth over a bucket and pour the mixture into it, allowing the liquid to drain through it. Use the liquid fertilizer sparingly over the plants on the very same day.
Making these small yet effective changes to your gardening style goes a long way in creating a healthier, livelier garden and a more sustainable way of living. Growing your own food and using the best products to do so is the ideal way of ensuring that you use the least toxic products on your plants.