Follow these 8 sustainable gardening tips for the greenest garden on the block.
There are few things as soothing and grounding as gardening. Putting your hands in the dirt and getting in touch with the earth is a beautiful way to escape from day-to-day stressors. On top of these soulful benefits, gardening is also an excellent way to stock your kitchen with fresh, flavorful foods.
To grow the healthiest crops, you need to protect your environment. These sustainable gardening tips will ensure your seeds and starter plants provide more help than hurt to your garden.
8 Sustainable Gardening Tips for Eco-Friendlier Planting:
1. Use an empty milk jug as a watering can.
- You have no need to buy a new container for pouring water on your plants. Just use an empty milk jug, juice container or other large bottle destined for the landfill to give your plants a drink.
2. Save kitchen scraps for use as compost.
- Be patient with your compost pile; it will take a while for your discarded carrot tops, leaves, greens, egg shells, fruit peels, yard clippings and other biodegradable debris to become usable compost. Do not add meat, oil or other fattening substances.
- You can follow recipes that call for adding earthworms and bugs to the mix. The addition of these living organisms will make your pile decompose even faster.
- You can store your compost waste in a wood, wired fence, or screen container that allows for air circulation. Commercial composters are a good way to ensure you’re composting correctly.
3. Use scraps around the house to deter worms, bugs and other pests.
- Use toilet paper rolls to keep out animals that thrive on the stems of starter plants.
- Scare away garden pests with used aluminum foil scraps. Some small animals and insects do not like the shiny reflection from the sunlight.
4. Save wasted water and reuse it.
- Any leftover pet or cooking water works. Ice cubes do, as well.
- Do not use any liquid supply that could be contaminated or that might have animal fats in it. Examples: dirty toilet water or liquid you used to boil a roast in a Crock Pot.
- You can also harvest rainwater to use when giving your plants a drink.
5. Use old wine bottle corks and/or old seed packets for markers.
- Write on the corks the name of the seeds or plants that you placed in specific rows. Then, insert the corks into the ground.
- Place an opened, empty seed packet over the top of a wooden stake used as a marker.
6. Use old branches and clippings as insulation.
- Place any small twigs, leaves and grass clippings you gather in the fall. Place them over the soil surface of your spring-blooming tulip beds.
7. Reuse old, cleaned-out containers and pots.
- Repurpose leftover plant pots and old food containers to use as pots to grow seedlings.
- Make sure they have a few tiny slots or holes cut into them at the bottom to drain liquid after watering.
8. Use recycled materials as planters or anchors.
- If you’re planting flowers in pots in front of your house, and you don’t want them to fly away, you need heavy planters.
- Do the earth a favor by using heavy, recycled containers like thick glass bottles.
- Keep them stationary by using anchors made from unwanted kitchen utensils, which require few resources to produce.
Tip for Easy Sustainable Gardening Shopping:
If in need of sustainable gardening supplies, you will have great success at stores like: Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart. Each has a wonderful home & garden section. Always remember to ask for eco-friendly options!
There’s no better way to enjoy these gorgeously warm days than some peaceful, meditative planting. Here’s to stopping to smell the flowers!