I’ve been looking at ways to make my garden more sustainable, and I thought I would share some of the ideas I have been implementing. Here are some ways you can improve your backyard and do wonders for the planet, too.
Mulch and fertilizer
Mulch is great for your garden in many ways. Two of the reasons you should mulch is because it stops weeds from growing, it also keeps moisture locked into your soil. You will save on water use during the summer months, and you won’t have to pull as many weeds year-round. You can use a whole bunch of different materials from grass clippings to shredded bark – so it’s cheap as anything, too. As for fertilizer, why not make your own? Check out my DIY fertilizer guide for more details.
Grow your own fruit and veggies
Nothing – and I mean nothing – beats harvesting your own veggies, washing them and cooking them straight from the ground. Honestly, I don’t think you will ever look at a store-bought potato in the same light again. Sure, it takes a while to learn how to grow each food, but once you get into the seasonal swing of things, you’ll soon be reaping the benefits. You can mix up your vegetable plot so that you are getting different veggies every season. You won’t believe the amount of money you’ll save on groceries, either.
Get a natural swimming pool
I recently found out a new type of swimming pool that uses plants to clean itself rather than chemicals. How awesome is that? So, not only will you get the exercise benefits, but you will also have a stunning feature. I’ll admit that chemical free pools are out of our budget – unless that lottery ticket comes in – but it’s a great idea for those of you who have space. And the money, of course!
Perennials are the perfect choice for the lazy gardener. Plant them, look after them and they will stick around all year round, keeping your garden in great shape. They are hardy, too, and you can split them as they grow bigger and plant them all over the place. If you are looking for a cost-effective way of starting a garden, make sure perennials are high on your list.
Salvaged stone patio
The next time you are out and about, take a look around and see what sort of stone you can find. Look at skips, or keep your eyes open for neighbors that are having concrete pulled up. You can keep it all somewhere safe, and once you have enough, build your own patio. Think of a modern day Roman mosaic floor. It’s a great way of using up waste from your local community and with a good eye, you can come up with a stunning and unique look.
If you have any other tips for a sustainable garden, let me know in the comments section below!