Over the years, the popularity of sustainable gardening has risen thanks to the increase in awareness. By definition, “sustainability” is to avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. In short, this means we must look for ways to become self-sufficient that will consequently benefit our health and the planet. So, if you’re interested in sustainable gardening but aren’t sure where to start, follow our top tips below:
Make Your Own Vegetable Patch
In order to get into the sustainability mindset, you need to start with a vegetable patch to call your own. This will be the start of your new sustainable life, living off the land and reducing your waste impact. You’ll only need a small patch to begin with and it’s recommended that you plant in small beds and not rows; expanding as you become more confident with growing different varieties.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Garden Waste
Sustainable gardening isn’t just about eating your own fresh produce instead of buying it from supermarkets. It’s also a way to try and lessen your environmental footprint by looking into areas where you could make some changes. The first step is to recycle your garden waste by creating a compost heap. Use leaves, cuttings and food trimmings to create your own compost, ready to use on your sustainable vegetable patch.
Furthermore, you should only use renewable resources in your garden. Pay more attention to where your gardening materials are coming from, trying to only use resources that are locally made or made from recycled materials.
Stop the Spread of Environmental Weeds
Help the neighbours by containing the spread of environmental weeds as soon as they pop up. You can get rid of them safely by using a precision weed-killer at the root. This will save your area from weeds which can wreak havoc on gardens.
Minimise Your Use of Power Tools
Unless you’ve invested in eco-friendly tools such as an energy-efficient lawn mower or hedge trimmer, power tools can be particularly damaging to the environment. To combat this, you could try mowing your lawn less often and keep the grass height shorter than you usually would. There are also instances where you can make the switch to manual tools, such as shears and rakes.
Conserve Water Where Possible
Water conservation is one of the easier steps for sustainable gardening. As one of the most natural resources in the world, water is easy to collect. You can invest in a water butt that can collect rain water and dispense it through a tap whenever needed. Alternatively, do it the old fashioned way with a large bucket positioned under your roof drain pipe when it rains. What’s more, rainwater is frequently cited to be more beneficial for your plants than fresh water.
Save Your Seeds for Sustainable Gardening
There are numerous flowers and plants that will start to drop seeds once they have dried at the end of a season. Instead of discarding them, save them for the future! Some of the easiest plants to re-sow are tomatoes, peppers and peas. You’ll then have another crop of delicious vegetables without having to buy any.