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Sustainability is a huge topic of concern in many sectors of everyday life, including gardening. As sustainability becomes more of a talking point among the general public, more and more people are trying to think of ways that they can help the planet by being more sustainable. What a lot of people don’t know is that one of the easiest ways to be more sustainable is through thoughtful care and maintenance of your garden spaces.
In this blog post, we have supplied a guide on how you can increase your sustainability in the garden, from growing food to caring for soil. Read on to find out more about ways to be more environmentally aware in the garden.
It’s possible that you already do some of the things included in this guide, without even realising that they are ways in which you are being sustainable. However, this guide allows you to consciously choose sustainable options going forward, whilst educating you about how what you are already doing might be environmentally beneficial.
This may seem like an extremely basic point, but conserving rain water is one way to be more sustainable. Not only is rainwater free, but it’s also free from chemicals found in tap water such as chlorine and fluoride, in turn supplying your garden plants and soil with a more natural source of water. In addition, by saving rain using systems such as waterbutts, you are helping to relieve the strain placed on reservoirs in the months where water is in high demand.
Composting doesn’t just help to reduce waste, it also benefits your garden. By recycling your waste food products, such as tea bags and vegetable peelings, into compost to spread on your garden, you’re also enriching your garden’s soil. Compost is full of beneficial nutrients which improve the overall health of your soil, which in turn, boosts the condition of your garden.
Believe it or not, it’s possible to improve the overall sustainability of your garden through your choice of maintenance techniques. Natural techniques, which have been used for years, can be just as effective as modern methods if carried out correctly. For example, the ancient process of cultivating between plants with a hoe to aerate soil, and the removal of weeds by hand instead of by the application of a herbicide weed killer are considered just as effective, and a lot more sustainable.
Introducing native plants to your garden, such as the bee-friendly lavender and the lily of the valley is a visible way to improve your gardens sustainability. Not only are these plants well suited to our climate, but they are just as aesthetically appealing as genetically adapted and foreign plants. Many now opt for a wildflower area in gardens, which encourage the production and maintenance of a healthy ecosystem.
As pricey organic food becomes more popular, more gardeners are growing fruit and vegetables in their gardens. Not only are these foods technically cleaner than those produced in bulk farms, but they also lessen the demand that we have as a society on imported crops. Heavily imported foods such as tomatoes and courgettes are relatively easy to grow at home, saving money and the environment at the same time!
There’s a vast array of ways in which you can be more sustainable in the way that you garden. We’ve outlined just a few to get you going–give them a try and it won’t be long before you start to notice the benefits.