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green gardening ideasNow more than ever, we are aware of eco-friendly ways to look after our homes; from recycling our waste efficiently, to choosing cleaning products with a minimum amount of chemicals. However, eco-friendly gardening methods are arguably not as well known. Eco-friendly gardening takes a little bit more effort than traditional gardening, however the payoff is worth it as you are not only helping your garden to prosper; you are helping the environment. Here are some simple tips to get you started. 

Eco-Friendly Soil 

Many people don’t realize that traditional commercial soil is made from a non-renewable resource. Peat is the main component of this sort of soil, but it is only grown in certain parts of the world and once it has been harvested it is extremely difficult to grow back. Peat has been harvested so much because not only it is a great material for cultivating plants; it’s also used as a source of energy. However, for your garden there alternative prod
ucts you can use to help your plants grow. Coconut coir is a natural byproduct of the coconut industry and it currently isn’t used as a fuel or food so there is an abundance of it. It promotes plant health and will prevent the coir from being wasted. Next time you’re looking for soil or fertilizer for your garden, see what alternatives are available for you go straight for the traditional products.                                                 

Pest Management 

Pesticides and insecticides are usually the first port of call when it comes to managing pests. However, these are not only damaging to the environment, and the “good” insects which are actually helping to look after your plants. But there are lots of alternative methods which are less damaging to your garden and to insects. The “Integrated Pest Management” strategy is where gardeners keep pests at bay by thoroughly checking plants for pest on a regular basis and removing pests by hand if possible. There is a minimal use of pesticides and lots of planning and natural control is used in order for plants to stay healthy. It’s worth reading up on the different pests that will be attracted to the type of plants in your garden, so you know what signs to look out for. 

Garden Shed 

If you’re a keen gardener, having an outbuilding in your garden is often seen as an essential. But when sourcing a shed or log cabin for your garden, it’s important to know exactly where the wood is sourced from to ensure it’s from an environmentally friendly supplier. You can check this out by seeing if the outlet you are planning to purchase a shed from is accredited in government and forestry protection schemes. Examples of these sorts of certifications include the FSC, the PEFC and CPET. These schemes regulate the harvesting of wood and ensure that the source material is legal and sustainable. It also ensures that minimal harm will come to the surrounding eco-systems where the forests are located. 

These ideas are simple to keep an eye out for, and should be taken into consideration when looking after your garden all year round.