We’re all aware of climate change and all want to do our bit to contribute to improving the situation. From changing the way we run our cars, to what we use around the home and of course recycling. The garden is no exception, and here’s some very simple steps you can take to help make your garden Eco friendly.
Fizzy pop plastic bottles in particular make great alternative pots for seedlings. Rather than purchasing plant pots, why not recycle your drinks bottles by cutting the bottom half and using this as a pot. Don’t throw the top part away either, these make fab mini greenhouses to protect your seedlings. Simply place over the top of any small plants and they’re instantly protected from the elements.
Composting is a great way to reduce the waste that goes to landfill, and it makes good free fertiliser for your garden. The best thing is, you don’t have to reserve a huge amount of space in your garden either, a mini compost heap or bin is perfectly acceptable.
It’s thought that composting can reduce waste by 20-50%. But what can you compost from around your home? Here’s just some ideas;
Fruit and vegetable scraps, Egg shell, Coffee grounds, Tea bags, Loose leaf tea, Cooked pasta, Stale bread, pitas, or tortillas, Paper towel rolls, Cardboard boxes from cereal, pasta, etc., Used paper plates (as long as they don’t have a waxy coating), Spoiled tofu, Pizza crusts, Peanut shells, Cardboard egg cartons, Stale pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds, Avocado pits, Stale beer and wine, Bamboo skewers.
Install water butts on downpipes and around the garden, or if you’re really in the mood for recycling, use old containers from food and bottles from drinks to collect rain water which you can use to water your garden in the dryer months rather than using a hose pipe. Make sure you water at the roots or at ground level rather than wasting water on the leaves.
Choose eco-friendly elements
Instead of walls, create borders with hedges as this provides shelter for wildlife. Opt for plants that will encourage birds and insects to your garden; lavender, hawthorn and bluebells for example are perfect for bees.
If you need any advice on designing your eco-friendly garden, why not drop us a message.