With Earth Day 2017 right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to evaluate how we interact with the environment around us. It’s never too late to become more environmentally aware, so we’re going to show you a few Earth Day garden ideas that will put you more in harmony with the earth and help to preserve its beauty and the abundance it shares with us.
By now I’m sure you’re aware of at least some of the important things you can do to improve the environment. Things such as recycling your glass and plastic, using reusable bags when grocery shopping instead of plastic bags, and composting food scraps instead of throwing things in the garbage are some of the major ways. But there are other options such as eco-friendly, green gardening ideas within reach to give your plants an extra boost.
Wait…isn’t gardening a green activity by default?
You would think that, wouldn’t you? This probably sounds rather redundant, since most people do think gardening = environmentally friendly. But considering the sprays that guarantee such things as your plants will be ten times larger or that it will kill all the pests that dare nibble in your garden, you could very well be waging chemical warfare with your tomatoes, peppers and lettuce. However, there are ways that you can garden pesticide free and still enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor, as well as conserve water in the garden.
How can I grow a pesticide-free garden and conserve water at the same time?
The best way to get a garden to grow is to make sure the soil is as nutrient-rich as possible. This can be accomplished by adding composted materials that are boosted with the nutrients your plants need. It also means some homework on your part; it’s important that you know as much about the plants you want to cultivate as possible, and that you know what to compost to get your desired soil result. Another option is more toward the permaculture bend (more about this in a follow-up post) and plant what would naturally grow in the ground you plan to cultivate. Either one of these approaches will help eliminate the need for pesticides in your garden.
Sidenote: If you still want to enjoy some things that won’t do well in the kind of soil you have, we have indoor gardening kits for plants, herbs and other edible goodies that you enjoy.
Great…now about that water…?
You really can grow a healthy, thriving garden without wasting water. Learn about our diverse selection of self-watering reservoir inserts for planters, window boxes and hanging baskets that keep the soil at its ideal moisture level, so you don’t have to overcompensate for dry soil, or worry about over watering. So now if you live in an area of the country that is prone to droughts, you can still enjoy your garden.
Gardening is an enjoyable pastime, and there really is nothing like using herbs, fruits and vegetables that you grew to feed yourself and your family. And now, you have some new ways to do it while being even more environmentally friendly. Click the button below to learn more about our garden watering tools and share your comments below. Happy Earth Day!