Our guide to gardening sustainably
By John Brennan, 29/07/2022
As the temperature in the UK has intensified recently, so have the conversations around the climate. To ensure our planet remains inhabitable and is protected for future generations, there are a number of sustainability initiatives we can implement to begin to take action against climate change.
While the responsibility to lead the charge against climate change will ultimately fall on the shoulders of world leaders, there are small steps we can take in our own gardens to help.
Below is our guide to sustainable gardening.
Make your own compost
Do you throw all your unwanted food scraps in the bin? Well, maybe you should rethink that. By recycling your kitchen and garden waste, you can create a self-sufficient cycle of compost for your garden. It prevents this waste from going to landfill and ensures it can be reused to give your plants the nutrients they need to flourish.
Rid your garden of single use plastic
By now we’re all well-versed on the perils of single use plastic; it isn’t biodegradable, which explains why microparticles can now be found in the fish that we eat. Instead of using something plastic in your garden, like a tie for a plant, why not use an environmentally friendly alternative like hemp? Do away with plastic where you can and embrace a more sustainable way of gardening.
Make your garden a safe haven for bees
One of the best ways to encourage bees into your garden is to grow flowers that are pollen and nectar rich, such as lavender, bluebell, rhododendron and primrose. They provide an indispensable service in pollinating the plants that we grow, so the relationship is mutually beneficial.
Plant, plant, plant
No matter how small your plot is, biodiversity should be a key focus. The good news is that this is easily achievable, all you have to do is get planting. From trees and flowers to grasses and vegetables, a varied garden will encourage wildlife and may even reduce your reliance on supermarkets.
Find a natural solution to control pests
A decline in insects has a knock-on effect on the rest of the food chain. The use of pesticides is harmful to your garden and the wider environment. Rather than using pesticides, why not try companion planting, whereby other plants are used to help naturally repel unwanted insects.
As temperatures continue to rise all over the world and drought becomes a more common occurrence, it pays to harvest water. By collecting and storing rainwater, you can ensure that you have a reserve of water on hand for when things do dry up that won’t cost you a penny.
Less is more
The saying goes that, ‘less is more’, and this can be extended to how you tend to your garden. It may sound counterintuitive but letting your garden grow wild can have a remarkable effect on your local environment. It provides wildlife with a varied landscape and acts as a stepping stone, allowing populations to connect and migrate successfully.
If you’d like more tips on how you can garden more sustainably, contact us to discuss some ideas with our team.