Having your own garden is a great way to boost the environment, plus of course it looks good too. Not all of us have the space, but who says you can’t create one in smaller apartments? Try these super easy and gorgeous ways to add some greenery in your home .
If you’re planning on creating a garden or turn yours a tad more environment friendly, these easy and budget-friendly ideas will really help.
Cutting Down On Fertilizers And Pesticides
Chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides may seem good for your garden, but in reality, they can cause a lot of harm to the environment. Pesticides can pollute the soil, water and air, as well as cause harm to birds, beneficial insects, fish and such. Fertilizers contain chemicals which drain out to nearby water bodies and cause overall pollution, also impacting water creatures and eventually leading to their death. Herbicides often end up damaging helpful plants that are not weeds, as well as cause harm to nearby animals, birds and insects.
Create A Compost Area
You can easily create compost at home to get natural and non-toxic rich top soil for your plants. Not only will it prevent the need for any artificial fertilizers or chemicals, it will also help to take care of your kitchen waste and make good use of it, rather than just throwing it away.
Choose The Right Plants
Local plants are easier to grow and maintain as they will already be adapted to the local environmental and weather conditions. You’ll be able to avoid chemicals or too many products for the same and as a result reduce your expenses too.
Reduce Water Usage
Harvesting rain water is a great way to use naturally occurring water and reduce any wastage. You can either place open containers to collect the rain water or connect a pipe to your terrace area to catch the water falling off the roof. If you use an air conditioning system at home, place the outlet pipe in a bucket to collect all the water that comes out of the unit and use it to water your plants. If possible, water your garden as early in the day as possible, before the sun is too harsh, to avoid evaporation and let your plants soak in more water. Also, soaker hoses will use almost half of the water that a sprinkler uses, so you could switch to a hose.
Choose Companion Plants And Encourage Pollinators
Some plants work best in combination, helping the other grow faster and avoiding pests naturally. It will also make the soil healthier, especially if you’re growing kitchen plants. Some combinations that work really well are garlics near rose plants, carrots alongside spring onions, carrots along with leeks, and so on.
Pollinating is the process in which plants reproduce, and bees and butterflies are the best pollinators around. Pollination will help grow better vegetables and fruits. Keeping pesticides and fertilizers away from your garden is the easiest way to attract pollinators.
We love hearing about how you’re managing your own garden, so if you’re already trying out any DIYs or have some green tips, share your story here. You know we love talking about real planet savers like you, right?
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