How to create an eco-garden
Posted 03 July 2016
Owning a quintessential English garden with a lawn and flowerbeds is great for the environment. But with a little care and attention it is possible to really bring that extra bit of eco-quality to your outdoor space.
Let us explain more.
Turning a dull garden into a haven for plants and animals is extremely important to encourage a biologically diverse area to support British wildlife. A great first step is to start composting so you can recycle not only your garden waste but also food waste from the kitchen. Compost degrades down to become incredibly fertile soil, great for refreshing plants-beds, with all the benefits of a fertiliser without the harsh chemicals.
There is a silver lining to all that British rain. Use it to save on water bills and water your garden at the same time. If you are fortunate enough to have a pond, it is possible to collect rain water that way, but for most homes a water butt is the most popular. Modern water butts come complete with a tap at the bottom, which allows rainwater to be decanted into a watering can or directly into pot plants.
One of the main characteristics of a successful eco-garden is a thriving population of animals and wildlife. Encourage wildlife outdoors by avoiding the use of pesticides and weed killers. If you find all the pesky insects are destroying and eating your plants, you can look into growing flowers that attract the ‘good’ insects – basically the pest-controls of the animal world. Ladybugs and lacewings are particularly good forms of pest control. Planting marigolds and sunflowers among other bright flowers, will attract these ‘good’ insects that eat crop destroying insects such as aphids.
If you are still finding your plants are getting eaten, you can use simple DIY products to catch insects and slugs. Drench paper in sugar syrup (simply sugar dissolved in water) to form sticky sheets. The sweetness from the sugar will attract bugs and the solution will trap them to the paper. Old yoghurt pots filled with milk and beer work brilliantly as affordable slug traps.
Use your roof
Another easy eco-fit you can carry out on the outside of your property is to plant your roof with moss or grass. This not only acts as an extra barrier for insulation, making the transition of temperature in your house slower, but also provides an environment for a micro-ecosystem that can be grown on your own roof!
And finally a true eco-garden is never complete without the inclusion of a micro-allotment. This offers the perfect excuse to use your own compost, collected rainwater and knowledge of toxin free forms of pest control. With vertical allotment systems available, you can even show off your green fingers with just a balcony or small yard.
Growing your own organic fruit, vegetables and herbs is not only fantastic for the environment but also great fun.
It is never too late to start making your garden truly ‘green’. And where better to start out on your horticultural journey than in a home that’s as kind to mother nature as you could want it to be.
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