How to create your Eco-friendly garden of Eden

Every garden is a small sanctuary where we reconnect with Mother Nature and admire her ways. Being a gardener means appreciating nature and its precious gifts, yet not every garden is the embodiment of eco-friendliness. It is a matter of simple changes in organizing the garden and maintenance routine that will make a big difference between a show-off garden and eco-friendly, teeming with life, a pocket of unharmed nature. True love of nature assumes awareness and reconsideration of all our doings. Fortunately, going green while already in the garden requires just a few simple tweaks to the previous gardening routine.

Grow food - How to create your Eco-friendly garden of Eden

Grow food

Every garden is an opportunity to enjoy healthy and delicious food right from your backyard. Start with two or three easy to grow vegetables and make sure to choose the ones you like. No need to grow garlic if you don’t eat it. Still, growing garlic is easy, while it is the most beneficial veggie for eco-friendly gardens since the scent of garlic will drive away pest insects. Stick to the usuals, like kale, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers or carrots, as for fruits you can always go for an apple tree and few berry bushes.  Not only you will have fresh veggies and fruits on your table, but you will lower your carbon footprint by decreasing dependence on food delivery systems.

Let the grass grow

Keep the grass slightly longer than you normally would (three to four inches) since the lawn will retain more water and it will tolerate drought much better. The lawn will be moist and healthy, but make sure to leave the grass clippings after mowing. Grass clippings are full of water and nutrients that will improve the quality of the soil and grass. The lawn will get thicker which leads to fewer pests and less need for chemicals. A great eco-friendly move is to dismiss the idea of the lawn in the first place and to plant ground cover instead of grass. The advantages of ground cover are no watering, no pesticides, and no mowing.

Make and use compost

To ensure that your garden is completely eco-friendly, make it chemical free. Learn how to make compost and use it to fertilize the soil in a completely safe way, by using organic ingredients to create best possible fertilizer. Collecting food scraps and other waste material will reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in the landfills, while it will improve soil texture, drainage, and water retention. Install a compost bin and add a mixture of vegetable and fruit scraps, eggshells, grass clippings, newspapers, tea bags, etc. Make sure that the compost bin is in the sunny area since the warmth will speed up the decomposing process.

Small tree - How to create your Eco-friendly garden of Eden

Opt for native plants

Along with being low-maintenance, native plants and trees are great choices when creating an eco-friendly garden. Since they are well accustomed to local area conditions, native plants have fewer disease and pest problems. Also, native plants require less watering. Not only that opting for native plants are inexpensive and easy to maintain, but they are a perfect habitat for local wildlife, providing them an ideal shelter and food.

Water properly

Watering the ground is necessary, but eco-friendly gardens are all about conserving water. Collect rainwater since it will reduce the usage of tap water that is full of chlorine. Always water early in the morning to prevent excessive evaporation and water the ground around the base of plants to ensure enough moisture to the roots. Avoid overwatering because it is a pure waste of water and it will make your plants lazy and vulnerable to drought. For maximum water saving, opt for drip irrigation systems.

Attract pollinators

Pollinators like butterflies, honeybees, and hummingbirds are in decline so planting a garden that will attract them is the perfect eco-friendly feature. Pollinators require chemical-free garden where they will have access to clean water, shelter and pesticide-free source of food. Growing various flowering plants with different blooming time is a sure way to attract and to support pollinators.

Spring Flowers - How to create your Eco-friendly garden of Eden

Create an earth-friendly patio or deck

Eco-friendliness extends to all of our choices and actions, so next to composting and growing native plants is the right choice of used materials all over the garden. Whether building a fence, deck or placing garden furniture, make sure to use renewable building material like sustainably harvested lumber. Rely on solar power for lighting and lower your energy bills by installing folding awnings on the deck since it will create the perfect shade and will reduce the use of air conditioner. Choose natural and untreated wood for the deck, patio or garden furniture since treated wood often contains chemicals that can harm insects and fungi in your garden.

In conclusion

Eco-friendly gardens are the only way to promote personal and environmental health by having access to organic food free from toxins and various pollutants. By supporting local wildlife, insects, and pollinators, on a small scale, eco-friendly gardens are restoring the damaged ecosystem. Although the contribution of each eco-friendly garden may seem insignificant, the number of environmentally aware gardeners keeps growing, given that benefits are numerous and maintenance is easy.

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