If you’re a gardener who cares about the environment, there are many eco-friendly gardening ideas you can put into practice.
We’ve compiled a list of 6 things you can do in your garden to keep your growing activities as safe for the environment as possible.
Choose the ideas that suit your circumstances or tweak some to fit your needs and situation. Work over several years to make changes that add up to big wins in the long run.
1. Source Local Materials
One way to help cut down on the negative effects of transportation is to source your gardening materials as close to home as possible.
When you buy local, you’re helping to cut down on pollution and the emissions from transportation. You’ll also support the local economy.
To find out what’s available in your area, ask other gardeners where they get their materials, check out farmer’s markets, and do an online search for your region.
2. Conserve Water in the Garden
Water is a valuable resource, and it may be costly to use depending on where you live. Look for ways to save water in your gardening activities:
- Don’t use a sprinkler.
- Water at the root level of plants, not the top.
- Learn each plant’s needs and don’t over water.
- Catch rainwater to use in the garden.
- Make use of greywater.
- Water plants in the early morning or evening.
- Use compost to absorb moisture and avoid runoff.
- Choose high-tolerance, low-water plants.
Applying some simple tips can help to conserve your water supply and cut down on how much evaporates and is lost unnecessarily.
3. Use Eco-Friendly Materials and Supplies
Another earth-friendly thing to do when you work in your garden is to use as many eco-friendly products as possible.
This can include natural and untreated materials, chemical-free pest solutions, and compost for fertilizer.
Check the materials that make up anything you use in the garden and recycle whatever you can to cut down on buying new or using plastic.
4. Create Eco-Friendly Wild Space
The creatures that share your outdoor space will appreciate it if you leave a portion of your garden to go wild. Or, you can deliberately plant some local species of plants and wildflowers, leaving them to grow as they choose.
It’s a great way to support local populations of birds, small animals, and insects that are vital for the balance of a natural eco-system.
If you grow your own fruits and vegetables, encouraging insects that pollinate is going to benefit your garden as much as it does them. And, some insects like ladybugs are very garden-friendly for pest control.
5. Make Your Own Compost
An excellent way to cut down on food waste and add to your eco-friendly gardening plan is to make your own compost.
The final product will be a natural, chemical-free fertilizer to help your plants get all the nutrients they need. And, it will help to retain moisture and save on water.
6. Use Eco-Friendly Grass Maintenance
One way to cut down on a carbon footprint is to exchange the gas lawnmower for a manual or electric one.
As a bonus, you’ll get a good workout from using a manual machine, which isn’t all that much effort, unless you have a huge garden to mow.
If you live in the country, you could borrow some goats or sheep to do the job. Or, keep some of your own if it’s a practical idea. They’re the best natural lawnmowers around. Plus, they produce free fertilizer.
Eco-conscious Canadian gardeners can use these 6 eco-friendly gardening ideas to get started on their plan for an outdoor space that is good for the environment.
Remember, if you’re new to having a “greener” garden, take your time and develop one approach at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to change everything at once. Just keep moving forward and the wins will add up.