7 Ways to Make Your Garden More Sustainable
Posted on March 27 2020
Having an ecofriendly garden gives you fresh produce and can be a source of joy and relaxation when tending it.
We've collected our 7 best garden tips to help you make your plants healthier, have a higher yield, and allow you to have a sustainable home garden.
1. Commit to Organic
Using organic fertilizer helps create a sustainable environment for your herbs, flowers, and vegetables.
When you opt for a chemical-free fertilizer, you're creating a chemical-free environment and producing healthier foods.
There are simple, safe ways to manage pests and nourish your plants without using harsh chemicals that contaminate your soil.
2. Reuse Resources
Repurpose and reuse household items to help grow your garden. Small plastic containers can be rinsed out and used to grow seedlings, for example.
Or, you can use old clothing to tie plants to stakes. Look at what you have in your home before you by specialty gardening equipment.
3. Harvest Water
You may not need to use your hose to water your plants if you collect and harvest water.
You can place a bucket in the shower, for example, and collect excess water to use in your garden.
Also, collect rainwater in a barrel outside and store it. Harvesting your own water helps reduce the burden on the local water supply and helps reduce erosion.
4. Make Smart Plant Choices
Locally adapted native plants, and those that are "water-wise" can help create a sustainable garden.
Some plants are naturally less thirsty than others, and those that are native to your location have adapted to the environment, including the amount of water and sunshine normally available.
Plus, when you grow a diverse array of pants, you create an ecosystem that sustains itself, without the need for environmental manipulation.
5. Zero-Waste Gardening
Zero waste means that every part of your garden is useful.
Scraps and kitchen waste, as well as waste from your garden, can be used to create a compost pile, giving you renewable nutrients to feed your soil.
This compost can be augmented with natural, organic fertilizer to help boost your plant growth.
6. Save Your Seeds
When you harvest your vegetables, herbs, and fruits, remember to save the seeds.
The seeds form your garden can be planted in empty toilet paper rolls, and once they're big enough, planted in your garden.
The advantage of having seeds from your own garden is that these plants are already adapted to the soil and water conditions, as well as the environment and may therefore be more likely to thrive.
Use open-pollinated and organic species in your garden to make it more ecofriendly.
7. Build Healthy, Water Soluble Soil
Take a look at your soil. Is it bare? If it is, you may be losing valuable water and nutrients. Make sure that your soil is covered with a layer of mulch, imitating nature.
Grass clippings, for example, and other organic material make your soil more water-soluble by improving its structure and nutrient-holding ability.
The health of your plants depends on the health of your soil, so it's important to tend the dirt as much as you tend your plants.
Buying the best fertilizer can go a long way to helping you have a healthy, sustainable garden. We have a wide selection of organic fertilizers for any soil type, so visit us online to find the perfect match for your garden!