Sustainability is hip and we all try to do our bit for a better environment. Eat less meat, more local and organic products and more often opt for second-hand options. Did you know that you can also make your garden more sustainable? We gives you 8 tips to get this done.
Start a vegetable garden
You are already working sustainably with growing your own vegetables. If you grow it yourself, the vegetables have to travel fewer kilometers and that saves a lot of pollutants and emissions. In addition, home-grown vegetables are not only good for the environment, but also for your body. Because you know exactly what your vegetables are and are not sprayed with, so you do not receive any unnecessary substances or chemical pesticides. You don’t have to have a large farm for a vegetable garden. Even on your balcony with a few pots where you can grow lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, you already make a big difference.
It may sound like something that mainly benefits farmers, but composting your organic waste is a very sustainable option. Composting actually means nothing else than letting waste rot. That way it does not have to be transported or processed and that saves a lot of energy and emissions. Moreover, you can use the end product of the compost heap well as a soil conditioner for the garden. How do you do it? Sufficient space is important and with a smaller garden it is best to go for a wooden or plastic compost bin. In terms of waste accumulation, make sure there is variation: something dry, then something wet, something weak and then something sturdy. Do you have a lot of garden waste? Then don’t throw everything in one go, but do it in parts. It is also important to ensure adequate ventilation. Change hope once every six weeks. A good place to park the compost heap is under a tree. It should not get too wet, but it should not be too dry either.
Use rainwater for watering
All that rain water that we just disappear into the ground. Too bad, right? In addition to being more environmentally friendly to collect this water, it is in some cases also better for the vegetation in your garden. Some plants or trees cannot cope well with the tap water. How can you use the rainwater? Buy a rain barrel or other container and collect the water in it. Handy to put this container in a place with a lot of shade, so algae have less chance. You can then use this Smart Pressure Pump Set. With it you easily extract the rainwater from the container in the pump and with it you can water the garden and plants. It doesn’t get any simpler!
Choose native plant species
We know that we must opt for locally grown vegetables and organic meat. Yet we often choose plant species that are not suitable for our area at all. This does not help nature and you ensure more emissions, because the plants must be transported. What can you do about it? Choose native plant species. On the internet you can find various lists where you can see what good plants are for your residential area.
Save water by spraying
It may sound a little contradictory, saving water by spraying, but spraying correctly will save you water. For example, you can use a watering computer that you can program so that they water at the most efficient time of the day (early in the morning). What you can also do is use Micro Drip. Small drippers ensure efficient watering, which means you can save up to 70% of water.
We often do it at home, but in the garden it is something that many people don’t (yet) think about. The use of sustainable materials. What are sustainable garden materials? For example, hedges as shelter and the use of second-hand tiles for paving. If you still want a wooden fence, it is best to use types of wood that have the FSC quality mark. Wood with this logo is produced in accordance with strict environmental guidelines.
Of course, some cozy lighting in the garden should not be missing. LED lights are the most environmentally friendly option and can also be used outside very well. For example for a canopy or a gazebo. Even more sustainable? Then you can also go for solar lighting. This is a solar lighting system, so you only use nature.
It is best for the garden if you let it go its own way. Of course you also want it to look cozy, but you can take a few simple steps to make the garden ecosystem appear as natural as possible. Go for as little as possible pesticides and other pesticides in the garden for a healthy soil. Worried that the plants will be less resistant to this? The natural fungus that arises ensures that plants are better able to withstand diseases. Fight it anyway? Then use nature and not poison. For example, you can use birds, hedgehogs, shrews and spiders for snails. You can lure this with, for example, compost heaps (see tip 2).