A sustainable garden has never been more important. A sustainable garden is usually cheaper so when budgets are tight it can even help you save money in many aspects of this. In this article, we delve into how sustainable living choices can be applied to your garden.
1. Buy plants that are sold in recyclable pots – reuse older plastic pots rather than throwing them out.
Plants sold in black plastic pots for example can’t go into our council recycling council bins because the automatic sorters can’t pick up the black plastic. They instead go to landfills and take hundreds of years to break down. Some recycling centres do take these sorts of pots, so be sure to ask.
Rather than getting brand new pots, why not simply reuse the ones that you already have? You’re sure to get plenty of them if you’re often buying plants in the pot.
2. Avoid one-off plastics, buy bulbs or potatoes in paper bags or compost in reusable bags.
Plastic bags with compost, bulbs or plants are also single-use plastics. There are centres in the UK which are starting to offer compost pick up where you just take your container to a centre and fill it up with compost without having to have a plastic bag with it. This means you are collecting natural compost without having to use single-use plastic.
3. Save water – install large water butts
Water buts can collect rainwater – while they aren’t a magic solution (especially since they can dry up in very hot droughts), they do help. As such, we recommend buying the largest you can fit in your space.
4. Make your compost!
Create a compost heap if you haven’t had one yet! Making compost saves you time and petrol tasking waste to the local tip, and returns the nutrients to the soil, you also save money on compost year-round. It’s however not a catch-all solution to all of your compost needs. It can be difficult to make enough compost for the entire garden if you have a medium to large garden.
The most important thing is to understand that there are two methods for making compost – there’s the fast ‘hot’ method and the ‘slow easy way.
5. Choose peat-free compost
Too much compost comes from digging up peat bogs, this is not sustainable and damages the environment. Find and use peat-free compost only.
6. Recycle or reuse larger items such as tools. Try eBay, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree.
You can find nearly any tools you could need online, only get new ones if you have to, this is a great way to enact everyday sustainability. This can be applied to nearly any item you may need.
7. When buying garden furniture, check if it is eco friendly.
When we buy garden furniture, we must make sure it comes from a sustainable source. Chairs made from recycled plastic are a good idea, and so are chairs that can withstand the test of time. Our range of ecological plastic chairs are fantastically designed pieces of furniture – they have all the aesthetic appeal of wood, without any need for maintenance besides maybe a quick clean once per year. They also come from a completely clean source and do not harm the environment. Definitely, this is the future of garden furniture.