Most people think that their backyards are already ecological enough. However, they probably aren’t! Here are 5 ways to create an ecological garden. Fortunately for our planet, eco-responsible lifestyle has become fashionable nowadays. As a result, more and more people are beginning to realize that the changes we make as individuals can have a positive impact on our environment. Even remembering to bring your reusable water bottle to the attempt to create an environmentally friendly garden, is important.
Every little thing counts because it’s a step in the right direction. But, while the former is easy (once it becomes a habit), the latter is a little more complex. Most people think that gardening in itself is already ecological enough. Learning and improving one’s habits are the essential elements of a sustainable lifestyle. To help you in your mission, here are some tips for eco-responsible gardening.
Choose your plants wisely
Think of the bees! You’ve probably heard a couple of things about the importance of bees. Due to a decrease in favorable living conditions and human neglect, our buzzing little friends suffer. For this reason, it is imperative that we do everything we can to help them. A simple way to do this is to opt for native plants for your garden. Native wildflowers are resistant to pests and diseases, easy to maintain, and require very little or no maintenance. The fact that they are a beautiful blessing for our environment is not bad either.
Since native plants attract bees and other pollinators, it is essential to include them in your ecological garden. Therefore, finding native plants for your garden is the first step in creating an environmentally friendly space. Since there is an abundance of species to choose from, you can rest assured that your garden will not lack color or variety. Planting trees is vital also. If you want to do your part to preserve our planet, you may want to plant a few trees. Here’s why trees are always a good idea:
- They produce oxygen and purify the air
- They create shade and help keep your home and garden cool
- They provide homes for various animals and insects
- They provide food
- They are beautiful
- They last forever
If you’d rather enjoy the fruits of your labor than work, you’ll be happy to learn that the best thing you can do to make your garden eco-friendly is to leave it alone. By taking a break from your lawnmower and gardening tools, you will do a huge favor to the environment. Therefore, resist the urge to cultivate everything, sit back and enjoy the magic of nature in your garden. Keep things minimal in terms of gardening. Once your garden has discovered its wild side, various animals and insects will often go there to find food. You will soon have a thriving garden.
So, if you want to make your garden even more inviting to wildlife, consider making small holes in your fence. You can also create a bird feeder, an insect hotel, a hedgehog house, and more. In addition, you can build a pond or body of water where these small creatures can cool off and cool off in hot weather.
Growing your organic food
In the past, large, carefully trimmed lawns were considered status symbols. Nowadays, however, most wealthy people use every inch of land on their properties to grow their own organic food. Although organic products are available on the market, you can never be completely sure of their origin. Fortunately, when you plant your favorite fruits and vegetables in your garden, you control how you are going to take care of them.
Growing food is rewarding in more ways than one. This way, not only will you have access to healthier food, but you will also save money and reduce your carbon footprint! There are plenty of organic foods to grow in your garden, but some of the easiest ones to include are:
- Spring onions
- Broad Beans
- Runner Beans
- Onions and Garlic
Gardening, just like many other activities these days, includes a lot of waste. Worse still, we are so used to throwing things away that we don’t even notice how much waste we produce. However, this should not be the case. Become low or zero waste at home and the garden is not as difficult as it seems. All you need to do is be more attentive to what you buy and, of course, reduce, reuse, recycle! A zero-waste lifestyle could not exist without composting. It also greatly assists your garden. So here are some things you can compost:
- Lawn and hedge trims
- Most of the remains of raw vegetables and fruits
- Coffee grounds and plastic-free teabags
- Newsprint and paperboard
Composting will allow you to reduce your waste and you will get in return organic matter rich in nutrients. If you decide to start a compost pile, be sure to do thorough research on what you can put in it. You should also be aware of how to avoid funky odors and ensure proper decomposition. In about six months, your compost will turn into fruitful organic matter that you can use to enrich the soil of your garden!
You can make fertilizer too. Another fun way to reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly is to make your own fertilizer. You can do this by letting the leaves and grass fall decompose wherever they fall or by soaking various leftover food and weeds in the water for a few days.
If you want to create an eco-responsible garden, you must make every effort to save water. Although you can not completely stop watering your plants, you can certainly do it more wisely. To begin with, water your garden less frequently but with more water. Make sure you don’t waste H2O on the leaves and focus on the roots instead. Consider adding mulch and gravel to increase water retention. Also, try to collect rainwater and cooking water to avoid turning on the tap as much as you can.
Choosing the best plants
Botanical varieties (or wild plants) are spontaneously present in nature. Although they are less spectacular, they are more conducive to biodiversity. They are also adapted to their environment. Can I use exotic plants? Yes, because they can be beneficial to your eco-friendly garden. Treat yourself by selecting some “exotic” plants, that is to say, that are not of local origin but that is still adapted to your environment.
Choose these plants both for their decorative interest and for their positive effects on biodiversity. You may want to look at Buddleia (Buddleja davidii), which is, for example, native to China. While its flowers attract butterflies, none of their caterpillars seem to feed on them. It, therefore, takes the place of a plant more useful to biodiversity. In addition, it is important to cut the faded inflorescences to limit its spread because it has become invasive in some regions.
Final touches, the furniture
To fully enjoy your garden, you will want to ensure that you have the best furniture. Once you have a beautiful garden to enjoy, you may want a garden bistro set or some rattan furniture. This way, you can watch the birds and insects playing around. You may want to look at outdoor sectional sofas and couches. Here are some materials to consider for your furniture.
Aluminum: Very trendy, aluminum is an ideal material for outdoor furniture. It is lightweight, solid, stainless, and can handle many temperature changes. It does not require special maintenance. Due to its featherweight, however, aluminum furniture is not recommended in very windy regions. However, you can use it underneath a pergola-type shelter.
Resin: Resin garden furniture has the wind in its sails. It combines many advantages: putrescibility, resistance to UV and bad weather, strength, longevity, lightness, and simplicity.
Epoxy steel: This material, which has benefited from the innovations developed for the automotive industry, is made to last. Anticorrosion is one of its major benefits. It is insensitive to bad weather as well as temperature differences, it offers beautiful longevity.
Wrought iron: It is sturdy, heavy, and is not afraid of UV or bad weather. However, it will have to undergo a quality anti-corrosion treatment and be checked regularly to prevent rust from damaging it.
Exotic woods: Both teak and eucalyptus are exotic woods that are very popular with garden furniture manufacturers. Naturally, rot-proof, resistant to moisture and various external attacks, they require little maintenance. The only thing you may need to do is to preserve their natural color: the application of an oil or a saturator once a year will then be essential.
So if you are considering creating an eco-friendly garden this year, be sure to do it with confidence and with style. You can make your garden thrive, whilst still maintaining a great carbon footprint. It’s time to create the garden of your dreams, in some simple steps. You can continue your research by looking at the best plants for your eco-friendly garden and continuing your passion for horticulture.