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How To Grow An Eco-Friendly Garden In Six Steps
by M. Huzaifa
August 22, 2019

Growing an eco-friendly garden is a good way to reduce your environmental footprint and help the environment. Follow these steps, and your eco-friendly Garden will be set up in no time.

1. Collect Rainwater

Collecting rainwater in a barrel is an easy and cheap way to capture chlorine-free mineral water for watering your garden, lawns, cleaning windows and washing cars.

By harvesting your water directly from the sky, you would notice a reduction in your water bill and also a reduction in water run-off. This, in turn, will help prevent flooding and erosion. To keep out debris, bird excrement and insects, put a screen on top of your barrel and make use of your water supply frequently to keep it aerated and moving.


2.Use Recycled or Natural Materials

For Furniture, Garden Beds, And Decks
Use natural untreated local building materials to build garden structures like decks with eco-friendly furniture, fences, and raised garden beds. Certain areas have a good number of excellent sawmills that sell sustainably harvested lumber. You might have to do some research to find out where renewable building materials are sold in your area.

Many eco-conscious gardeners choose to use sustainably harvested unfinished Cedar for outdoor structures because it is chemical-free and rot resistance. Unfinished Cedarwood can last as long as 25 years!

Other woods might not last as long but would still be a great option. The right thing to do would be to use woods that are more prone to decay once their lifespan is over ( just to make sure it is lumber that hasn't been treated with chemicals).


3. Buy Local Materials

Buying and using local materials like pergola will help support small nearby businesses and reduce your garden's carbon footprint. For decking and timber products, look for Program For The Endorsement Of Forest Certification certification (PEFC) logo or a Forest Stewardship Council (FSCl) logo, so you know that the wood you are getting originates from certified plantations.


4. Make Your Own Compost

Compost is organic material and food waste that has decomposed and is added to the soil to give it nutrients. Making your own compost will reduce the amount of organic waste that goes to a landfill.

To build a compost heap, gather a lot of organic and food waste for the compost to generate its own heat during the decomposition process. Keep the heap moist by frequently adding water and aerate by turning it over with a pitchfork. You can also use a tumbling compost bin.

Materials suitable for compost include:

  • Fruits
  • Lawn clippings
  • Coffee grounds
  • Dead leaves
  • Leftover meals
  • Eggshells
  • Shredded paper and
  • Vegetable and fruit pairings

5. Grow Your Own Food

Growing some of your own food is one of the best ways to make your garden eco-friendly. If you are living in an area where a lot of your food produced is trucked in from other countries, growing your own herbs, berries, and veggies will reduce your reliance on food delivery systems that contribute to greenhouse emissions -- especially from storage/refrigeration, large-scale farming, and transportation. As an added bonus, you'll have a smaller portion of lawn to mow!

Some plants that would grow well in your home garden include greens like kale, which can be sown successfully and is easy to grow even in winter. You can also plant fruit trees that can handle cold winters like apples.

Fruits from the tree can be stored for months. Pro tip: The greatest time to buy nut and fruit trees is during the winter months.

Garlic would also be a great addition to your home garden, it is more flavourful and healthier than imported garlic. Garlic can be sown in early spring or fall. The scent of growing garlic is also an organic pest control method as a lot of garden insects don't like the smell. So it is a win-win!

Berry plants such as raspberry canes and blueberry bushes are also great producers for a home garden.


6. Reduce The Number Of Chemical Based Products That You Use

The final step to creating an eco-friendly garden is to reduce the amount of chemical-based products that you use. Challenge yourself to stop using chemical-based herbicides, pesticides, or fertilisers. You can research and use alternative natural strategies for each of these methods.

There are a lot of natural alternatives to chemical-based garden products, so making a switch will not be hard.


As you can see, making the switch to green for your garden isn't hard. It just requires a change in certain habits. You can start small by choosing organic methods for irrigation, pest and weed control or amending the soil. Or planting native plant species.
 


 

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