Today, most of us are thinking more about sustainability and how we can do more for the planet. By extending the garden you create the sustainable little corner on this planet and making it eco- friendly to all the creatures.
Grow Your Own Herbs and Vegetables
By growing your own herbs and vegetables promotes health, organic food consumption and mental wellbeing . Even a small amount of self-sufficiency in that department can make a significant difference to how sustainable and eco-friendly we are in general. When you don’t rely on stores to get your produce, you sure reduce your reliance on the supply chain and transportation which in return improves the environment carbon foot print.
Place a Focus on Native Plants
In your garden, there is nothing wrong with having a varied range of plants and flowers. But if you want to make it more sustainable and natural, it makes sense to place more of a focus on native plants. Native plants thrive in your local conditions, adopt to any climate and possibly provide constant food source. They will require less water and attention because they’re already acclimated to your surroundings. For example: dandelions, gotu-kola and wild onions are constantly there, reproducing and an excellent source of nutrients.
Reduce Water Usage with Drought Tolerant Perennials
One straightforward and obvious way in which you can make your garden more sustainable is by using less water. And if you do use it, you should try to harvest rainwater rather than relying on the main supply. If you plant more drought tolerant perennials in your garden, you will pleasantly find it much easier to reduce the amount of water you need to use to keep the soil hydrated.
Up Your Composting Game
Composting is another easy and important way in which you can make your garden more sustainable. There are so many ways in which you can improve the sustainability of your approach to gardening, and this article on How To Compost Wood Chips Fast is one example of that. It is about finding the approaches that work for you and allow you to reuse more of your resources.
Collect and Save Seeds
Collecting seeds and saving them is one really important and significant way in which you can be more sustainable and recycle more. At the end of each growing season, you can harvest the seeds and store them in a cool dry place until you next want to plant them. Many seeds are easier to gather than you might imagine: dry them, store them in a cool place and use them whenever the season is right for that type of plant.
Hope this little blog article will inspire you to start a little project or perhaps a sizable one in your back yard. Its never too late to experiment. Who knows, this new step might lead to the grand results in the near future.
Until next time, dear friends.
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Daydreaming of Spring and planting when I read this post! Lovely imagery! When I lived in Central Oregon I had a vegetable garden and I faithfully composted all compostable food scraps and my garden loved it!
Even on a small balcony you can plant herbs or a few veggies in pots. I use the water I wash my vegetables in to give to my plants, every little bit helps. When I plant new plants I use the ones who need less water than the one I have. Our climate changed a lot over the last 20 years or so.
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Good suggestions, Luda!