When you hear the word “green,” a garden is one of the first things that comes to mind. However, many aspects of modern gardening aren’t exactly environmentally friendly. So how do you keep your garden growing without turning to store bought chemicals and fertilizers? Keep reading to find out.
1. Instead of purchasing fertilizer, nourish your soil with compost. While fertilizer does provide your soil with nutrients, its benefits don’t extend past your plants. Compost, however, will allow various fungi to a symbiotic relationship with a plant’s roots. This helps a plant to feed itself more efficiently and improves its ability to fight against disease. Compost will also nourish the earthworms and crickets around your garden.
2. One of the biggest environmental concerns of gardening is the amount of water your plants require. While you should always be sure to water your plants properly, flowers, grasses, and other plants that are native to your area won’t require the amount of water that non-native plants do. Take the time to research your area’s plants, and choose what grows in your garden with care.
3. Chemical weed killers may be efficient, but they’re not eco-friendly by any stretch. Thankfully, these days, there are a number of green alternatives. You can try purchasing an organic weed killer, or make one using ingredients from around your home! Simply mix vinegar with a small squirt of dish soap and place it in a spray bottle. Spritz it on the weeds, and they’ll be gone in no time! For the best results, use a vinegar that has a high acidity. To keep weeds from sprouting up, spread cornmeal around your garden.
4. If your garden is plagued by pests, you may be tempted to turn to chemical pesticides. However, using household products is better for the environment, and yields much better results. One of the best mixtures is the simplest- a concoction of baking soda and water. Just mix one quart of water with 2 teaspoons worth of baking soda. Blend the mixture until the baking soda has completely dissolved. Then, pour it into a spray bottle and get rid of your pests! You’ll be amazed at how well it works.
5. Before you start killing the bugs in your yard off, take the time to find out which ones might benefit your garden. For example, creatures like ladybugs, spiders, and many types of beetles will serve as a natural form of pest control, eating the insects that would otherwise cause harm to your plants. Additionally, keeping around some insects will attract birds to your garden, as the birds will use the bugs as a food source. As tempting as it may be, don’t go overboard with the pesticides! A few creepy-crawlies can help your garden thrive.
While maintaining an environmentally friendly garden takes a little work, it’s more than worth the effort. Eco-friendly gardening methods will allow your garden to thrive in a way chemicals won’t, and will also benefit the environment around you. Rise to the challenge, and grow a garden that’s truly green.