Earth Friendly Tips For A Rosy Garden
Tip 1: Grow your own fruit and vegetables
There are so many reasons to grow your fruit and veg. Having your own vegetable garden means you will have vegetables which taste amazing, are fresher and have higher vitamin content. Organic gardening also means no packaging, no carbon footprint from transportation, and it will save you money every day! On top of all that, it’s really easy to do. Phew. That’s quite a long list of benefits. Many crops can be sown in March – so start preparing your beds today.
Find out more about growing your own vegetables
No garden? Don’t despair. Many crops can be grown in pots on balconies and window ledges. Or, if you want more space, get an allotment.
Tip 2: Teach your children where food comes from
The more we can teach children about healthy eating and caring for the environment, the better. And there’s no better way to learn about food than getting your hands dirty and growing some yourself. It’s mucky, fun and rewarding, which makes it perfect for kids. Why not give your child their own patch in your organic vegetable garden and help them sow seeds and care for the plants as they grow? The more children understand where our food comes from, the more respect they will have for sustainable living.
Tip 3: Keep your head above water
Water is a precious commodity, even in a country renowned for rain. There is likely to be another hosepipe ban this year so the thoughtful gardener needs to plan ahead. Use water butts to collect rain water throughout the year and then use this to water the garden during dry spells. Old bath water and washing up water can also be collected and used on the garden – but make sure you are using organic, biodegradable detergents and soaps that won’t harm the local ecosystem.
Tip 4: Keep out the chemicals
Many fertilizers and garden products are laden with chemicals that could cause damage to the local ecosystems. Opt for natural organic fertilizers that have no negative effect on the environment. Or make your own compost and use that. Ehow.co.uk has a video to show you how to get started.
Tip 5: Recycle and compost organic waste
All garden waste and most food waste can be composted and used again to feed your soil. Collect all this waste in a compost bin and it will provide a free, year round, nutrient- rich organic fertilizer. Recyclenow.com has a great step-by-step guide to getting started and lists what you can put in your bin.
Tip 6: Share your garden
If you have a large garden that is too big for you to manage on your own or have spare garden space, you might benefit from Landshare. Landshare aims to link people with spare garden space with people who want some. Owners, growers or helpers can post listings describing what they are offering or looking for so people in their area can respond. It’s a great way to share resources.
Tip 7: Encourage wildlife
Birds, hedgehogs, frogs, toads, slowworms, ladybirds and bumblebees are your friends as they like to dine on the worst garden pests – snails, slugs and aphids. Encourage them to visit your garden by leaving a slightly wild area with longer grass, piles of logs and fallen leaves. This will provide a perfect habitat for them to thrive. Also, consider installing a pond or leave your water butt open for them to drink from. Bird boxes and lady boxes can also help.