Eco-Friendly Gardening

eco-friendly-gardenYou might like to make practical use of your land, but you don’t know where to start. With simple practice and some assistance from innovative products, you will enjoy your own oasis while caring for the environment. The following tips will assist you in eco-friendly, gardening & greenhouse farming.

• Reduce the chemical usage

It’s the time you start weaning your garden off synthetic fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides. The substances promote faster but weak plant growth. They also destroy your soil fertility and they are toxic to wildlife, humans and the beneficial insects. Furthermore, there are some organic chemicals which are toxic and you should only use them as the last resort. You should aim to make a healthy lush garden without using any harmful chemicals.

• Use water properly

Our climate has been doing strange things and it is not unusual to hear about midsummer watering restrictions. You should start taking steps to reduce your water usage. Amend the soil in your garden beds and both the outdoor and indoor containers with some products that absorb water like thousands of small sponges. While soil will be drying, the products will release moisture to your plants as they need.

You should disconnect your downspouts from a sewer system and direct the water into a rain barrel or garden beds. Further, you should use soaker hoses rather than sprinklers. This way you will reduce any unnecessary water evaporation. Start watering your plants very early in the morning as late day watering will encourage mold. Avoid midday watering as it is only a waste of resources.

• Feed your garden soil naturally

Plants thrive in healthier soil. You can add manure to the soil early in spring anytime you transplant or plant and also in midsummer. The manure will add significant organic matter to the soil and help in water retention.

• Mulch

A thick layer of bark chips, shredded bark or even shredded leaves spread on your garden beds will help in moisture retention. It will also assist in deterring weeds and adding the needed organic matter to your soil. You should spread mulch in spring after the soil has thawed and in late fall when the soil has started freezing. Ensure that you have placed the mulch 8 cm from the plant stems.

• Eco-friendly greenhouses

If you are in an area that experiences a cold snap, it is better when you have a small greenhouse that will protect the seedling and even speed up their growth. You can make a greenhouse in just any size using a little ingenuity and recycled materials. For example, you can easily convert a display case into a sprouting greenhouse. Making a wooden frame and covering it with a heavy-duty plastic can be simple and cost-effective at the end. You will also be able to move the lightweight structure around your deck or patio. You can also build it on a large scale to easily enter it.

In case you are afraid that a temporary house will be an eyesore, then you are lucky enough to have the budget and space to build a permanent structure. Consider converting pieces of your barn or shed into a greenhouse space. You can also paint your newly constructed greenhouse with natural paint which should be non-toxic.