Growing Your Garden
Five Green-Friendly Musts for a Green Thumb
Growing your garden can be one of the most rewarding hobbies out there. Gardens can help save you money, and they can provide you and your family with healthy meals.
Although gardening is enjoyable, it does take some skill.
Here are five green-friendly musts for having a green thumb.
Growing Your Garden Tip 1: Create a Compost Pile
One of the best things you can do for your garden is add a compost pile. Food waste composting not only adds nutrients to your garden, but also eliminates waste from being put into landfills.
From egg shells to lawn clippings, nutrients will spread as each item decomposes.
To start composting, add an indoor composting pile to your kitchen.
After every meal, make it a habit to add your scraps to your compost pile.
Composting can help your garden and keep money in your wallet because you won’t have to spend money on expensive fertilizers.
Growing Your Garden Tip 2: Add Nutrients
If you’d like to add more nutrients to your garden, use natural remedies such as bone meal and fish emulsion to your compost pile.
These are safe, natural and may help your garden grown even better.
Growing Your Garden Tip 3: Water as Needed
When it comes to gardening, you never know what kind of season you’re going to have.
Certain plants like lettuce and spinach like the cooler, wetter months, while strawberries and petunias are more heat tolerant.
Although you can’t control the weather, try to water your plants as needed rather than on a false schedule.
One great way to make use of rain water is to collect it at the end of each gutter. This rain water can then be used to water your garden.
Top Green Tip would be to use your brown water to help water your plants. A simple divert on your bath or shower outflow can be used to direct the water into water butts.
Growing Your Garden Tip 4: Consider Native Plants
To have a successful garden, you want to stick to having plants that are native to your location.
Trying to grow a cactus in Michigan and spinach in Arizona probably won’t be too successful.
Explore your options and see what grows best for where you live.
You don’t want to be having a Japanese Knotweed moment, don’t import anything for outside your country!
Japanese knotweed was introduced into the United Kingdom by the Victorians, but they failed to understand it’s growth was controlled in Japan by a natural predator. See this article on knotweed to find out more.
Now, Japanese Knotweed is a prohibited plant in the UK and causes major problems for property owners due to it’s speed of growth and being incredibly difficult to remove. Be warned, pick native plants and avoid a nightmare like this.
Growing Your Garden Tip 5: Reduce Pests
Try to keep pests out of your garden by using natural remedies.
From pulling weeds by hand to using baking soda and potassium bicarbonate, you can control pests and reduce the number of diseased plants.
If you can keep your plants healthy and away from pests, you will have a better season.
As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your garden healthy and staying strong. From creating a compost pile to choosing your plants wisely, you can increase your garden’s success without hurting the environment.