In this world where there is too much pollution, each one must take part in decreasing carbon footprints in their own little ways. There are all kinds of ways to promote sustainability. Gardening is already a sustainable practice, but there are ways to make it even more efficient in terms of promoting less waste of water and other resources.
Commit to 100% Organic
Going 100% organic is not only good for your plants for also for the environment and other living things around them. It is the most sustainable way to design a garden that is healthy while promoting an environment free of any harmful chemicals.
Feeding your plants inorganic chemicals when spraying them against pests, or some toxic herbicides for the annoying weeds have certain damage that will cause not only your plants’ health but also yours. Thus, organic pesticides, fertilisers, and herbicides are now the best way to go in terms of sustainability and practicality.
Explore Creative Ways to Reuse Resources
Every material that has already been used need not go to the trash right away. Empty containers can stand as your new pot or water container. You can even use it to store other gardening essentials. Although reusing sometimes may lack the aesthetic quality, but doing it the creative way will resolve such a small problem.
It is also best to use materials that are reusable and acquired locally. Consider recycling a perfectly good material than throwing it in the trash. If you can’t think of any right away, you can have a box to store all your reusable materials.
“We share this planet, our home, with millions of species. Justice and sustainability both demand that we do not use more resources than we need.” – Vandana Shiva
Passively Harvest and Save Water
Collecting water from the rain, greywater, or stormwater will save you cash from your water bills but also help conserve it. There are a few ways to do if you want to passively save water:
- Fill buckets in the shower
- rainwater tanks or rain barrels
- permeable surfaces
Choose Plants Wisely
There are plants that are hard to maintain and there are also ones that need less or no attention at all. Perennials are very adaptive plants. They can easily withstand a sudden change of environment and they thrive regardless you give them attention or not.
Grow a diverse range of plants to help balance your garden’s ecosystem. You will need to include plants such as flowers and some herbs for your kitchen.
Design a Zero-Waste Garden
Imagine if your garden sends no waste? You will need not collect garbage bags and throw them into the dump every week. A sustainable garden means minimal to zero waste. It is because most of the materials used to go back to nature by decomposing.
A sustainable garden is an ideal garden in this contemporary world. Designing a sustainable environment promotes healthy living and healthy earth. Hence, why not design a zero-waste garden and leave no room for toxic and inorganic chemicals and materials.