We all know the various benefits and advantages of leading an environmentally friendly lifestyle these days. It can help slow down the effects of global warming and the greenhouse effect, and it can also encourage us to lead a very healthy lifestyle. Interested in adding some eco-friendliness to your life? The best place to start is in your garden.
Whether you are completely new to gardening and want to start an organic veg patch, or you are quite experienced but think now is finally the time to go completely eco, there are some tools that will help you achieve your goals. Here are all the tools that eco-gardeners should add to their wishlist!
Weeds are the biggest foe that a gardener has to contend with. Gardeners who aren’t being too environmentally mindful will be able to use chemicals to ensure that no weeds pop up in their flower beds. Unfortunately, once you go organic you can’t use these chemicals as they harm the environment. You will just have to get on your knees and dig the weeds out when you spot them, which is where a hand cultivator comes in. It’ll make the job a whole lot easier!
Mulch and Compost
You also won’t be able to use any fertilizers that contain chemicals. But you can use natural fertilizers, such as compost and mulch. Lots of gardening specialists, such as Edrich Lumber, sell these products in bulk. Of course, it is also possible for you to have a go at making them yourself. Compost is the easiest to produce, as you just need to collect all of your food waste together in a large bin and wait for it to decompose. Once it has decomposed, you can then spread it on your garden.
Homemade Pest Traps
Sick of pests nibbling on all of your veggies and flowers? You can’t use chemicals on them to kill them, but you can make some homemade traps that will get rid of them. For instance, putting some honey or syrup into a plastic bottle will entice them into it. They should get stuck in the honey and won’t be able to escape. As well as these kinds of traps, it’s also a good idea to use some netting to create a physical barrier between your plants and the pests.
Biodegradable Plant Pots
Some seeds will have to be sown in pots and kept inside until you see seedling shoots. You can then plant them outdoors. Ideally, you should plant them in biodegradable plant pots that can be planted outside into the soil. As they are biodegradable, they will break up in the soil and can be used as food for the plants. This will help you cut down your use of plastic, and also ensures that there are a lot of extra nutrients in the soil for all your plants.
Follow all of these tips and your garden will be a very natural and eco-friendly space that the whole family can enjoy!