If you’re concerned about the environment or just want to go back to a more natural approach to gardening, then an eco garden is for you. Creating an eco garden can seem like a complicated process, but in reality it just requires a change of thinking about gardening.
What is an Eco Garden?
Imagine a time before modern gardening became common place. In the past:
- We had to make do with available water supplies
- Chemical fertilisers and pesticides did not exist
- Plants from distant countries were not available in large quantities
- Vegetable and market gardens were common and supermarkets unknown
Essentially, old-fashioned gardens were all eco gardens, but the term hadn’t yet been invented. Creating an eco garden is a bit like stepping back in time, but it doesn’t have to involve back breaking labour (phew).
Follow these 5 simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to a ‘greener’ garden.
5 Steps towards creating your own Eco Garden
- Make a compost heap; Food & garden waste can be put into the compost heap, rather going to landfill or paying your local council additional for a “green” bin. Soil that is produced in this way is rich in nutrients for your garden, helping your grass, flowers or even your veggies grow.
- Use natural remedies instead of chemical fertilisers, or entice birds to act as a natural insect repellent; Chemical fertilsers grow plants but do not promote life or soil health. As the natural nutrients needed are readily available there is also a danger of over fertilisation. This can not only kill plants but can damage the whole ecosystem. Repeated use may cause a toxic build up of chemicals such as arsenic, cadmium and uranium in the soil. These toxic chemicals can make their way into your home grown fruit and vegetables.
- Conserve water for a an earth friendly garden – use recycle materials where possible – why not try some old unused wine barrels and let the British wet weather do its worst!
- Choose environmentally friendly tools and equipment; aside from the obvious spade, hand cultivator, rake and hoe why not consider a push reel mower. This is real old stool piece of equipment compared to the petrol and electric mowers now readily available, but these newer, faster models take their own toll on our environment. A push reel mower has zero carbon foot print – oh and it will be a great cardio workout!!
- Choose native plants and flowers; Established native plants are drought tolerant, they need less water than exotic species, they will be more cost effective to buy and easier to grow and care for. The native plants will provide food & shelter for birds, butterflies and insects.