Gardening is such a wonderful hobby. It’s incredible how many problems you can bury while digging in the dirt. And nothing brings you closer as a family than planting and sowing seeds. My kids absolutely LOVE gardening with my husband and I. We try to teach them about caring for the Earth and other living things and gardening is the perfect way to do that. They also adore spending quality time with Mom and Dad and there couldn’t be a more perfect way than being outside, getting fresh air, digging, laughing, talking. It’s simply heaven! Create an unbreakable bond with your family, enjoy the outdoors and fresh grown food. Doesn’t it sound PERFECT?
Create a Garden and Grow Love
Growing a garden is a great way to do something beneficial for the environment as well as your heart and soul. There are so many great things that come from growing a garden. You’re planting and sowing the Earth, which is wonderful and if you get your family involved you’re growing healthy LOVE! Have you ever stopped for a minute to think about how Eco-friendly a garden truly is? While that’s true, you should also keep in mind that some gardening practices can be harmful for the native ecosystem. That’s why I want to give you tips on How to Make Your Garden Eco-friendly.
Garden maintenance is not a one-time thing, it requires some time and dedication to get good results. My husband spends a ridiculous amount of time tending the garden when it’s in full bloom. We always seem to attract some sort of pest or animal that wants to sample our garden! Eco-fitting is a great way to make your garden Eco-friendly. Check out this excerpt and diagram from John Walker’s book How to Create an Eco Garden. Basically, Eco-fitting is a process of setting up your garden to be more self-sustaining, less wasteful, more reliant on renewable sources of energy and friendlier to wildlife. Each of the gardening tips listed below will help you make your garden a better place.
Tips on How to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly
- Reduce garden energy use – This is an important first step. No one wants to spend a fortune maintaining their garden. For example, if you create a nice retreat for your family to have dinner in your garden, consider installing solar-powered lights. They store energy at low cost during the day and light the area at night, essentially adding nothing to your electricity bill. If you’re looking for some great tips, check out Garden design services.
- Conserve water – Watering your garden is an essential step, but how you water it is even more important. Consider installing a drip line or soaker hose. These methods target the roots of the plants specifically, which leads to less water waste. You can also equip your garden with a Rain Barrel to collect rainwater, then you can use the recycled water in your garden. My Mom designed a rain barrel in her backyard and even painted it to look attractive. All you do is add a hose and voila you have an easy and Eco-friendly way to water your plants! Learn How to Create a Rain Barrel for your backyard.
- Avoid gas-powered gardening equipment –This includes lawn-mowers, garden tillers, leaf blowers and many more. Part of the tasks you perform with them you can do yourself, with the right tools in hand.
- Opt for native plants – They’re better adapted to the local environment and will require less care. If you choose non-native plants, you may find yourself spraying them with pesticide more. You’ll also find yourself devoting more time and energy keeping them healthy. My husband decided to plant a beautiful Pomegranate tree in our backyard. The tree is simply lovely and we’ve had success getting it to grow and even fruit, but year after year it develops a fungus that threatens to take down our entire garden. Pomegranate trees simply don’t like the humidity here and it creates issues, not only for the tree, but for our entire garden. So, certainly keep in mind which plants you choose for your garden. Native plants are always best!
- Carefully manage herbicides and pesticides – Use as little of those as possible. If you’re making an effort to grow your own food, you’re probably looking for a healthy, organic alternative to the pesticide-ridden foods you buy at the store. Using standard pesticide can harm beneficial insects like bees, which is definitely a problem. Instead, consider natural gardening solutions. Eco-Kill is a wonderful alternative. It’s a blend of natural ingredients like essential oil and other plant based material to prevent pests from destroying your crops.
Gardening is such a wonderful hobby. It can bring you and your family closer and make the Earth a better, more healthy place to raise a family. How your garden grows is just as important as the act itself. Take time to make your garden ‘green’ by taking simple steps like building a rain barrel, installing solar powered lights and using natural pesticide. Get the most out of your garden. Grow food, grow love, grow life!
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