We have all heard about ethical clothing, ethical marketing and ethical hacking. But, have you heard of ethical gardening? Well, here are some of the tips to becoming an ethical gardener:
1. Put back more than you take out
It’s important in any garden not to exploit the soil, and to do the best you can in order to replenish any nutrients taken out by crops you may have planted. To start building up the soil quality, make sure to re-incorporate organic matter which may be lying around from previous crops/plants.
• Sow a patch and replenish your plot – Not only will this add nutrients previously taken out it can also improve the soil structure.
• Soil report shows we should all grow more of our own – In addition this, you can also start using green manures and making your own liquid fertiliser. Seaweed steeped in water for a couple of months in a dark place (sheds are best) will produce an excellent fertiliser full of magnesium and potassium.
• Organic ways to fertilise the garden
2. Be aware of your carbon footprint
Always be conscious of what you’re bringing into your garden. Lots of garden centres, for example, sell plants in black plastic pots. Black plastic is actually unrecyclable – making it incredibly bad for the environment. As a result, try and avoid bringing plastic packaging home with you from the garden centre and try your best to always prevent buying plastic based products.
• Top tips for recycling in the garden – Instead of buying plastic pots for plants for example, make sure to buy galvanised metal ones or terracotta.
Even if your terracotta pots do crack or break down, the fragments are perfect for drainage at the bottom of pots, or can even be scattered to prevent slugs and snails attacking your borders.
Also, be careful with the chemicals you might be using in the garden. Using natural methods against pests such as a garlic solution for lily beetles, putting bark down for slugs and peppermint for ants are all small steps in being able to control irritating creatures in the garden.
• Organic pest control – What people tend to forget is that one harmful chemical killing one irritating pest will no doubt, as a side effect, kill beneficial pollinating insects.
3. Provide habitats and food for wildlife
Stop trying to be so tidy in the garden.
• Attract bees to your garden – Try to buy a mix of pretty flowers that will cater for pollinators as well your tastes.
• Sow your own wild flower meadow – Why not try to leave an area of your garden to it’s own devices too, because wild flowers and plants are important in creating biodiversity.
Just sow a wild seed mix, water it occasionally, and see what gorgeous bees, butterflies, moths and other small insects will invade the space – relatively cheap too.
4. Recycle and Reuse
Water sustainability is extremely significant right now. Make sure to install water butts to prevent having to fill up watering cans and get the hose out.
Compost bins are perfect too. Buy a compost bin, fill it full of cuttings, leaves, fruit peelings etc and use it to vastly improve the soil structure and content.
6. Grow your own food
Nothing is more satisfying than growing your own food and with so many self-help guides it could not be easier. Salad crops, potatoes, peas and beans are all incredibly easy to grow as well as being cheap too.
7. Buy local or at least Indian
Buying Indian essentially means that you’re not limiting yourself to what the local garden centres sell. Indian plants are more compatible with Indian wildlife and, therefore are more likely to be well matched to the Indian soil types and climates. This reduces the need for additional fertilisers.
So, these are some of the tips of being an ethical gardener, which actually is easy to practise too. Hoping you would try these tips while gardening and should you have any queries or comments, do not hesitate to get in touch with Vandana at 9535025938 or send in a mail at [email protected]
Credits: The Telegraph