A garden is the gift that keeps on giving, providing people and nature with beautiful plants, flowers, and even fresh produce. The best kind of garden is one that has a perfect balance with nature. An eco friendly garden can be made from the start, or a garden can be converted into one. Here are some great ways to make a garden that is eco friendly.
Organic gardening is the way to go when making an eco friendly garden. In organic gardening, a more natural approach to gardening is taken, with herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides that all contain harsh chemicals being left behind. If a fertilizer is brightly coloured, then it’s a sign that it’s a chemical fertilizer and should not be used for organic gardening. These fertilizers contribute to phosphorus and nitrogen pollution in the environment. Some potting soils also contain pesticides and fertilizers with chemicals and should be avoided. The goal of organic gardening is to work with nature, rather than against it.
Creating an eco friendly garden from the ground up starts with seeds and plants, and such a garden needs ones that haven’t been genetically modified or treated. Companies that produce heirloom seeds are generally favorable for seeds as they have taken a pledge to ensure that seeds will be safe far into the future. On the other hand, it may not be as easy to find out which plants are neither treated or modified. Local nurseries can be contacted to find these plants, and special events hosted by garden clubs are great places to talk to growers about their plants.
When thinking about an eco friendly garden, the term permaculture often comes to mind. Permaculture can best be described as ways of living sustainability. Permaculture isn’t just for one type of gardener, as many can enjoy the benefits that it provides. Those who like to think about carbon footprints and take a data focused approach to garden design will love how permaculture affects their garden. On the opposite side, those who are more into beautifying sections of land in odd places of the city will also like it.
Pollinators are necessary for a garden to thrive, especially for one that strives to be eco friendly. Flowering plants will produce pollen, which is necessary for them to reproduce. A garden that is eco friendly will maximize the amount of pollinators that are allowed into the garden by making sure that no pesticides will be found. The pollinators need safe food, water, and shelter while mingling with the plants in a garden. Pollinators have preferences for different things, much like humans, which means that it will be best to have a variety of things in a garden to draw the most pollinators. Plants are native to a given area are likely to draw more pollinators than others. Mason bees are a great example of a pollinator that will work in an eco friendly garden.
An eco friendly garden may take a little more work to produce, but it’s more rewarding that one that isn’t. Gardeners will be pleased with eco friendly results, and so will nature.