Everyone wants to do their part to help the planet, and one of the best places to start is in your own garden. Whether you grow enough food to put on the table or you just have a couple of flower pots, you can turn your green thumb into a tool that helps the environment in many ways. We provide some eco-friendly gardening ideas to help you create an even greener garden.
Plant Bee-Friendly Flowers
Did you know your garden gets a lot of visitors? Many different kinds of insects and other animals hang out around your flowers. While you don’t want pests in your garden, some insects are extremely beneficial for your plants. For example, bees on their honey-making journey help pollinate any plants they visit. Growing flowers and other plants rich in nectar will attract bees—and many other garden-friendly insects—and you can effectively enlist their help to make your garden thrive.
Avoid Harmful Pesticides
Pesticides might protect your plants, but they do a lot of harm in return. The chemicals found in pesticides can linger on the fruits or vegetables you grow, and they can poison any visiting bees and other beneficial insects. Try to use alternative remedies—such as attracting insect-eating birds or using sprays made with natural materials—to control pests.
Build with Reused Materials
If you plan to design paths, patios, or other decorative elements in your garden, lookout for reused or recycled supplies you can use. Reclamation yards are a great place to find old bricks or other building materials. Not only will you build sustainably, but you can find pieces full of character that complement your home.
Start a Compost Bin
One eco-friendly gardening idea that also helps you cut down on waste is composting. Collect vegetable peelings, tea bags, lawn clippings, and other green waste to use in your garden. Compost acts as a perfect natural mulch or soil conditioner. It enriches your soil, and it allows beneficial micro-organisms to grow and nurture your plants.