If you want to begin planting-a-garden at home, that’s
great. There is a real satisfaction that comes with knowing
you have been responsible for making something grow.
Whether it’s a shrub, a rose, or a potato, that feeling of
accomplishment is the same.
And, you will take pride in the rewards from your gardening
efforts. The appearance of your property may have improved
from your landscaping efforts, or maybe for the first time
you are making a salad from the vegetables you have grown.
Maybe you are just filling up a few vases of fresh cut flowers.
Again, the satisfaction and pride is still the same after
Now if you would like to look after and
maintain your garden
in the greenest way possible AND reduce your carbon footprint
in the process, there are some basic ways to go about it.
Choose The Proper Type of Plants
Make sure that the plants you want suit the location you
are in. That way, you won’t be surprised when they don’t
thrive because of lack of sun, too dry conditions that you
have no control over, and improper soil conditions.
This would be a terrible waste of the plant, your money and
One Aim of the Eco-Friendly-Garden is Reducing the Need
To Water Constantly
Your plants should be able to thrive during long periods of time
without watering. A huge lawn also requires an incredible
amount of water and maintenance. You may want to consider
giving up parts of your lawn space to plant extensive
ground covers in place of a huge lawn to look after.
When you do water, do it at night so that the water doesn’t
dry up quickly, and soaks into the root system to be the most
Soaker hoses do a better job of watering rather than a
Collect rainwater in a tub or a barrel to give you an extra
supply when needed.
Infrequent watering encourages root
growth and enables a plant to survive longer without
When Planting-A-Garden Use Organic Mulches
Organic mulches will retain water, so use it around your gardens
so that you don’t have to water so frequently. Instead of
using up the peat supply, look into other alternatives such
as straw, sawdust and woodchips or husks from other plants.
If you haven’t started to compost your kitchen waste, you are
missing out on the best natural nutrients your garden could
ever want everyday.
The grass clippings and leaves coupled with the compost will
feed your garden naturally and enrich the soil greatly.
Replace Pesticides With Natural Mixes
Instead of using pesticides, you can elect to try some natural
methods to rid your plants of common garden damaging insects.
Place birdfeeders in your trees. Birds love caterpillars, and
if they are hatching on the trees, the birds will be watching.
Strips of burlap and cardboard around the trunks will be in the
way of the caterpillars as well.
When planting-a-garden, include alyssum around the edge and
the “good” insects will be attracted. They will make a
meal of the aphids that are infesting your plants.
Aphids and spider-mites can be sprayed off with plain water or
a soapy water mixture. You can also try a mixture of rhubarb
leaves and water boiled to get rid of aphids as well.
Garden slugs are a common pest who love to destroy plants.
Put out some wet newspaper to attract them overnight. As
they gather and collect, simply dispose of the paper in the
morning. Wet cardboard works just as well.
A container of beer placed low to the ground will attract them as
well, as they are attracted to the yeast. As they fill the
container, dispose of it.
Clay pots tipped on their side will also attract overnight.
Slugs will also not cross wood ashes or broken up egg shells
to get to the base of a plant.
If you are looking for an all-round good pesticide that is effective and biodegradeable, look into
as a substitute for harsh chemicals.
Your grocery list probably contains most of the ingredients for
for out in the garden that you could make easily.
If you’ve never had one, to start planting-a-garden is fairly
easy. To maintain it by using the greenest-methods possible
and not giving in to the use of chemicals takes some time,
some work and patience. The results are more gratifying though.