Creating sustainability is so important, especially in areas like architecture and energy production. Growing a garden is a great way to create a sustainable environment right in your own backyard. In this article, I will give you some great Sustainable Gardening Methods to help you make a positive impact on the Eco-system.
Sustainable Gardening Methods
Organic gardening, edible landscaping and permaculture are often discussed as efficient ways to grow healthy and safe food. These methods promote the production of fruits and vegetable with less human involvement. The three terms are actually pretty similar and can even complement each other.
- Organic gardening encourages using natural fertilizers and limited pesticide.
- Edible landscaping offers a design that’s be both aesthetically pleasing and practical, allowing your yard to literally be beautiful and edible.
- Permaculture creates a link between all the elements of the landscape, including the gardener. Although it is difficult to create a site that entirely incorporates these methods, you can take advantage of some of the practices they offer.
Planning an efficient landscape is the essence of sustainable gardening. You need to create a balance between beauty and practicality. Permaculture aims to imitate the original design of the nature. When it comes to design, organic gardening takes into consideration the individual characteristic and needs of the plants. You need to derive maximum benefit of what your landscape offers. The same goes for edible landscaping, with one exception. You need also to take into account the appearance of the plants.
All three methods promote incorporating greenery that is appropriate for the specific of your garden area. The same goes for hybrid plants. These types of greenery are more susceptible to disease. Just like edible landscaping, permaculture aims to be both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
- Plant your favorite plants and vegetables.
- Consider how they’ll look together.
- Try to create mutually beneficial relationships between the various plants. One of the ways to do it, is by bringing diversity to your garden. For instance, plant marigolds between your tomatoes to preserve them from the eel worm.
Synthetic Pesticides are out of the question when it comes to sustainable gardening methods. You’ll either need to manually remove weeds from the planting beds or use a natural pesticide like Eco-Kill. Neem oil and other natural oils are a great way to rid your garden of pests and weeds.
Unlike the other two methods, permaculture utilizes “no-digging practices”. This doesn’t mean you won’t lift a finger and enjoy a rich harvest. The key to the “no-dig” concept in permaculture is mulch. A thick layer applied over your plants will prevent weeds from growing. You can create your own mulch by collecting and chopping fallen leaves and branches as well as the grass clippings from your lawn. You need to ensure the penetration of air by turning over the mulch a couple of times. Another way to prevent weeds is by co-planting with plants that have a different growth rate. Include perennials that will shade out the weeds and eventually kill them.
To keep your garden sustainable, you need to use only organic ingredients. You can create your own fertilizer. Did you know you can use kitchen leftovers to make your own compost? That’s right! Permaculture reinforces the natural living cycle of the plants, thus the dead greenery become the source of nutrients for the new ones. It doesn’t get much more sustainable than that!
Conservation of energy and water resources is an important component of sustainable gardening. Collect the rain water in barrels that you can use in your gardening maintenance. A fruit tree situated in a proper place will protect your house from the environmental conditions. In the summer, the tree will keep your home cool and in the winter it will stop the freezing winds. In this way you will cut your electrical bills and energy bills. For more ideas visit this website.
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