Sustainable Gardening: 9 Simple Tips for a Greener Outdoors

A greener and more sustainable garden can be a great way to leave a positive mark on the world and these nine different tips can do just that.

1. Turn an empty milk jug into a watering can.

waterbottleA little bit of creativity is all you need to keep you from buying a new watering can for your plants. Take an empty milk jug or juice containers and use it to water your plants rather than throwing the container away.

2. Turn the kitchen scraps into manure

scrapsAs along as the scraps are biodegradable, they can be turned into manure. Just make a compost pile, though it takes time and requires patience. Avoid throwing in animal products. Stick to plant products such as leaves, yard clippings, carrot tops, and fruit peelings.

You might wish to consider adding organisms that quicken the decomposing process. You can throw in some bugs and earthworms. Also, ensuring the compost pile is aerated will aid to quicken the process. For this, you can have the pile in a screened container, wood or wired fence. Getting a commercial composter might come in handy if you are not sure of how to go about it all – here are some tips.

3. Enjoy a Garden Room

kent gardenA garden room will get you outdoors and get you in contact with all the wonderful things that the outdoors has to offer – even when you’re working. Garden rooms are a fantastic low cost option that provide more space for your home and also look great and can be carbon neutral too. Here are some great styles on Kent Garden Rooms

4. Deter or scare away pest using simple materials

shiney deterentTie toilet paper rolls on the branch of plants to scare off small animals that like eating starter plants. Scraps of aluminium foil are an effective way of deterring insects and some small animals since most of these animals dislike shiny reflections.

5. Recycle waste water

Any used water qualifies for recycling, using it to water the plants just as long as it is not contaminated with animal fats, or cleaning detergents. Hence, avoid water used to clean the crock-pot, or the dirty soapy laundry and toilet water. Harvesting rainwater for a later use is also a good way of ensuring you have enough clean water for your plants.

water harvesting

6. Old seed packets and wine bottle cork can be markers

herb markersTake the corks and write the name of the plants or seed you planted in each row and insert the corks into the ground. Drive a stake into the ground and place empty seed packets on top to use them as markers.

7. Use Clippings and old branches for insulation

mulchJust gather enough leaves, cut grass, and small twigs during the fall and place them on the ground. Ensure you sufficiently cover the ground around the blooming plants.

8. Use old empty containers as plant pots

shoe potsThose old, empty containers can be used to grow seedling or eve as plant pots. Just drill a few holes at the base of each container to ensure that water sips through when you water the plants.

9. Anchor your plants using recycled materials

You should opt to use some heavy planters to your flowerpots to offer adequate support and keep the flowers from flying away. You can use none degradable materials such as heavy plastic or thick glass bottles. You can turn those kitchen utensils you no longer use into anchors. Such make sure you place them firm in the soil to offer a stable support.

 

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