Do you want to learn how to create a self-sustaining garden? There are a number of ways you can achieve this. Environmentally-friendly gardens not only minimize landfill but encourage energy efficiency too.
1. Natural and biological pest control techniques
The most logical remedy to controlling pests is to balance the organisms in your garden. You can control pests naturally, organically, and biologically to avoid harming the environment. Choose products and methods that do not introduce toxicity to the surroundings. Use barrier methods to lock out rodents and small animals in your garden. And in case you need pesticides, only spray the biopesticides and botanical insecticides. You can also use deterrents to control stinging insects and you will not harm a thing in the process. Don’t forget the importance of beneficial insects like a ladybug, ground beetles, and lacewings. These beneficial insects add a fascinating view while at the same time helping in reduction of harmful bugs like caterpillars and aphids. If you plant a sunflower border in your garden, you will attract these good bugs and you will not have to struggle with controlling the bad bugs. These Eco-friendly pest control methods will also save your money.
2. Reduce landfill
You can reduce waste in a number of ways besides dumping. Consider growing vegetables in unused bags or create compost with vegetation. The best way to minimize landfill is to reuse what you have. For example, you can use a water butt to reduce the volume of water you sprinkle on your garden. For the plastic containers you purchase goods with every day, you can re-use them in a number of ways. Use the plastic cans to grow tree seedlings or transform them into watering cans. In the end, you will be taking care of Mother Nature.
3. Companion cultivation
A garden with diverse plants looks stunning. Particular plant combinations are complementary and they boost the vitality and yields. Whenever you grow tall plants, be sure to incorporate shorter crops which will benefit from the shade of the taller varieties. Be careful not to grow plants that don’t augur well. Examples of successful companion cultivation are as follows:
- Spring onions and carrots: the two crops are mutually advantageous. Carrots and onions cannot grow too near each other because they cannot stand each other’s smell. In other words, you get two naturally spaced and perfect vegetables.
- Garlic and rose: garlic repels rose pests due to its strong scent. Besides, it produces some white and purple flowers that match beautifully with roses.
The other cool combinations include radish and cucumber; and tomatoes and chives.
Did you know that you can employ gardening techniques to reduce the never-ending pressures of the ecosystem? Eco-friendly gardening impacts positively energy consumption, waste management, and climate. If you think your garden is becoming too dull or uninteresting, perhaps all you need is to transform it into an eco-garden. You can contribute to a green planet and biodiversity through the mentioned ideas.