How to Make Your Garden Greener
Ethical and conscious living is becoming increasingly important. However, it is not always easy to know how or where to start. And it can be overwhelming, especially if you try and implement ethical living into all aspects of your life. So we have come up with a few simple ideas on how to make your garden more eco-friendly and sustainable:
Recycled Plastic Moon Cycle from www.homeofjuniper.co.uk
Plastic has been a major topic for 2018. It is used in all aspects of our lives. But with the research into the detrimental affect of plastic, we are now looking for ways to decrease our usage.
One obvious use of plastic in the garden is plant pots. And the most obvious way to help is by re-using the plastic pots you have (a good way to save money too). Sometimes as the pots mount up or get broken there is no longer a use for them. Thankfully they can still be reused and used in your garden in a different fashion: A wonderful factory in Cornwall are recycling plastic plant pots and making simple, elegant garden accessories with them. Available at www.homeofjuniper.co.uk , the range includes plant markers, moon phase clocks, thermometers. A wonderful way to reuse plant pots and add something a little different to the garden.Garden Furniture and Accessories:
People use gardens in different ways. Whether you want to entertain, or just sit and relax, there is a variety of sustainable and eco-friendly options for any style. Our main tip is to look for sustainable wood or recycled plastic. There is a wide range of furniture available at Sustainable Furniture. (pictured below) They supply and are trusted by the Environmental Agency, RSPB and others.When choosing larger planters, it is also a great idea to buy wood or upcycled. There is a beautiful range of sustainable wood planters available, if there aren’t any at your local garden centre there are many online, for example from www.sustainable-furniture.co.uk
( Table from www.sustainable-furniture.co.uk )Soft-Furnishings for the garden can also be a great way to add your own style. Blankets and cushions give the garden a more ‘living-space’ feel, perfect if you like to entertain outside. There is a wonderful range of blankets and cushions made from recycled plastic bottles by Weaver Green www.weavergreen.co.uk (pictured below) Blankets made from recycled bottles are machine washable and water-resistant, they last better in the garden than other materials and help by having a new use for plastic.
( Recycled Plastic Bottle Garden Accessories by www.weavergreen.co.uk )
(Bird Feeder made from recycled plant pots from homeofjuniper.co.uk )Using Less Chemicals:
Another way to be greener in your garden is to use less chemicals. Whether it is fertilisers, weedkiller or pest control there are plenty of other options. Our main method of bug control is chickens and ducks… but if you are not keen on having feathered friends running around your garden, there are other methods.
Fertiliser: Maybe not the nicest, but chicken and horse manure has been used for years and is a natural way to give plants extra nutrients. Available from most garden centres. Pest Control: There are many natural methods of pest/bug control. The most natural one is using animals and insect which feed on the pests you want to get rid of. For example, nematodes have been used in agriculture for years and are now available in many garden centres. For those who don’t know – nematodes are microscopic ‘worms’ which feed on slugs and other pests. You can, also, encourage other natural pest controllers or even buy some in but make sure it is from a reputable company.
Seeds for Bees & Butterflies from www.homeofjuniper.co.uk )
The fewer chemicals you use, the more pests and weeds there will be. But you will also give nature a chance and natural pest control will (hopefully) start arriving, especially if you make space for them. By having nesting, feeding and sleeping areas for hedgehogs, bees, butterflies etc you can encourage a wonderful mini ecosystem in your garden and help these wonderful creatures. You can buy homes or nests online or at garden centres. Or you can make your own.
Wildlife Friendly flowers are another great way to add food for nature, and they look pretty. Bees are important and we are losing them. So using less chemicals and planting bee friendly flowers are both great ways to make your garden greener. Bee friendly flowers encourage bees into your garden and make your garden even prettier. For other ways to save the bees check out BBCT website.
We hope we have given you a few useful ideas on how to make your garden greener. There are many more ways to improve how eco-friendly and sustainable your garden is. And we would love to hear about which methods you use.