Having a garden means maintaining it, and keeping it green and colourful for a long time. But, the garden will not grow on its own. And having green fingers is just not enough. If you have tried with pesticides and had only destroyed the natural environment, then you should try reducing the usage of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. In order for your garden to grow beautiful and green, you have to help it in a more natural way. And here are some great ideas you can do it.
Rely on Mother Earth
Not only does Mother know best, but she also does not need chemical cocktails to fight pesticides, weed and chemical fertilisers to act together and kill her. By introducing natural compost to your garden soil, you will naturally fertilise your garden and reinforce the insects in the soil. You can make your own compost by using kitchen scraps, from vegetable waste mainly. This will stimulate healthy root development of your plants and improve soil texture, water retention and aeration. And what is more, you will not spend so much money on unnatural compost. A great idea is to bring on the bees and butterflies to naturally pollinate your plants. Consider finding a hive in which you can protect your bees during winter, and will be able to make honey.
If you saw the benefits of organic food, only think of how organic gardening can affect your life. Organic gardening implies not using pesticides for fighting pests and synthetic fertilisers. Rather than that, it implies the usage of organic fertilisers and relying on the nature to do its magic. This way, you will grow only natural, organic produce in your garden, that will stay fresher and will be beneficial to your health. And think about the colours that will bloom! Consider planting native and indigenous plants, such as cacti, sunflowers, dahlias, hyacinths, and the like, which have learned to adapt to local conditions and demand less water and fertilisers, which further means reduced effort to rein in pests.
Grow your own food
Once you have fertilised your garden naturally, with natural compost, all the conditions for organic food production are met. This way, you will not need to spend so much money on vegetables from the store, which were probably sprayed with different pesticides and whose growth was stimulated by different chemical products. The freshest food will come from your own hands and you will be proud of what you have managed to achieve. In order not to destroy the plants you are growing, you can put some pavers between the lines and make sure the plants will grow unharmed.
Instead of watering the plants directly from community water, you should try harvesting rainwater. Add a rain barrel and you will have an inexpensive way of capturing mineral and chlorine free water, which you can use both for watering lawns and organic vegetables in your garden. This way, you will reduce the water bill and use the most from what nature already gives you from the sky. And always watch the amount, because you can bring more problems than benefit from using too much water. Recycling water and natural resources will be not only beneficial to your garden, but to nature as well. And when it comes to recycling, there is no need for you to buy new plant pots. Instead, you can use old ones, and even improvise by using for example old shoes or pieces of cutlery. The most important thing is to keep it eco-smart.
And finally, maybe the biggest benefit of a truly green garden is its easy maintenance. Switching to nature and natural produce will not be only beneficial to it looking pretty for the majority of the year, but it will affect the environment as well, since following the example of not using pesticides will reduce the amount of chemicals in the atmosphere. You will be going green all the way! And recommend this greener garden to your friends. Spread the word and nature will hear you call, and reward you in riches.
Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful
girls. Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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