Although gardening is an organic activity involving natural elements, there are plenty of techniques that are not eco-friendly, in essence, harming the environment those natural elements live in.
From harmful pesticides to inefficient greenhouses, there are plenty of gardening techniques that can be swapped for environmentally friendly ones. Learning how to treat your garden with more eco-friendly practices can help keep your plants as organic as possible.
Here are the best eco-friendly gardening tips to keep in mind:
Eco-Friendly Greenhouse Lights
A greenhouse is a great way to tend to plants, as it is a safe space for plants and other foliage to grow. Another benefit of a greenhouse is that it provides shelter for the plants, especially during the cold winter months. The harsh temperatures can kill gardens if they are outside, and a greenhouse offers the protection they need to thrive. However, with the winter comes a decline in sunlight. From the time change to overcast, snowy days, many gardeners invest in artificial lights to help keep their plants healthy. In order to keep your greenhouse and plants as eco-friendly as possible, consider investing in LED Grow Lights, which are far more eco-friendly than traditional grow lights.
If your garden is outside, consider placing a bird feeder near your garden, as their presence will not only deter insects and other pests away from your garden, they will also eat those pests, helping eliminate your garden of snails, slugs, and other insects that wreak havoc on plants.
Another great way to keep insects and other pests away is to do something called companion planting, which, in essence, means planting two or more plants close to each other. Additionally, because marigolds are known to keep insects away, many gardeners like to companion plant with them, as they find their gardens are less inflicted with pests.
Slugs and Snails
Instead of using poison to rid your gardens of slugs and snails, opt to use a more organic method, such as crushed eggshells. These act as barriers, which can keep slugs and snails from being able to cross over them. However, if you are still having difficulty with them, there are eco-friendly slug pellets that keep the insects at bay without hurting the environment or posing a risk to children or animals.
Many gardeners actually make their own compost bins, as they find that it is not only simple, it is also a great way to keep their garden thriving. While making a natural fertilizer is not the most pleasant task, it is a great way to be more environmentally friendly.
Packages like fruit containers, yogurt containers, and other types of plastic packaging are perfect containers for plants and seeds. You can use them to get plants started, and once they have grown, you can transfer them into the ground or into larger containers.
These eco-friendly tips can help you be more environmentally conscious when gardening.
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