If you own a home and want a sustainable garden, you are going to have to put in some work. Yes, while you can create the ideal setup, you will have to spend time and money putting everything together. While true, with a little hard work and some time spent outside on the weekend, you can create a sustainable garden for your home. If you are wanting to be more sustainable in your home, don’t forget the yard and garden.
Here are 10 tips for a sustainable garden:
1. Go organic. Eliminate chemicals from your yard and garden. Organic fertilizers last a lot longer and won’t cause lawn, flower or veggie burn like a chemical fertilizer will. Many chemicals to get rid of bugs these days are “systemic” and stay in the plant for months and even years and kill the bees and other beneficial insects.
2. Use mulch in your garden. Mulch is a home run. It keeps weeds from sprouting, it keeps moisture in the ground so you don’t have to water as often, it adds organic matter to your garden, and it looks nice.
3. Plant natives. Those trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses that are native to your area are well acclimatized to your climate and pests. You can plant and they will take care of themselves.
4. Save seeds. Growing from seed saves you money, allows you to grow interesting varieties, and raise crops that are uniquely adapted to your garden conditions. You can get seeds by saving your own, your neighbors, favorites from the farmers market, and even from the produce and fruits you buy at the grocer.
5. Lose your lawn. Add decorative flower beds with natives. Start using at least a part of your lawn for growing herbs, fruits and vegetables for you and your family. Nothing is better tasting and better for you than fresh out of the garden and onto the table.
6. Water less. Purchase natives and look for drought tolerant in the descriptions of plants and seeds you are buying. Set up a rain barrel to use for the flower beds. Use drip hoses instead of sprayers these can save up to 70 percent of water. Use mulch in not only your flower beds but also your garden beds. Go organic on lawn care. Organic, all natural lawns are more tolerant of the summer conditions and need less water to survive.
7. Grow your own food. You can easily add fruits and veggies to your existing flower gardens. You can easily expand your garden beds to accommodate herbs and veggies. If you don’t have room for a flower and veggie garden bed, you can grow anything in a self-watering pot. There has been a bonanza of new container varieties developed over the last few years. It is easy to grow and eat from the garden all round the year.
8. Plant perennials. Annuals take a great deal of input to grow from seed each year. With perennials, you get the benefit of the inputs for years and years versus just one. Don’t forget about perennial edibles, too! Herbs are a great beginner’s choice.
9. Compost. Don’t throw those table scraps in the trash to just go sit in a landfill someplace. Re-use their nutritional value in your garden by composting them. There are basically three types of composters: a bin that you layer browns/greens and it takes a year to break down, a tumbler type that you throw the browns/greens together and crank daily to mix up giving you compost in a couple of weeks, and an electric type that can be used indoors or outdoors that gives you compost in a couple of days. Why throw out all those food nutrients when you can reuse them in your own garden for free?
10. New methods for the lawn itself. For your lawn, mow high. The higher grass shades the ground, causing the soil to not dry out as quickly and helping keep some weeds from growing. Try using a manual lawn mower if needed.
Finally, if you want to use your garden all the time, you may want to use a solar panel setup. When doing so, you can light up the garden at night or run any power tools. Yes, with an inexpensive solar setup, you won’t have to pay a high electric bill if you simply want to run your electric lawn mower. In the end, this will protect the planet as you won’t have to use gasoline to run your gardening tools.
For further information on organic gardening, get in touch with Vandana at 9535025938 or send in a mail at [email protected]
Credits: Mother Earth News