Surely all gardens are eco-friendly? After all, they are parts of nature right outside our home, right?
While gardens are a great way to feel at one with nature, many people don’t realise just how much waste gardening produces and while, in small amounts, they aren’t going to kill off every garden space in the world, waste all adds up to create a much bigger problem – especially when it comes to plastic pollution.
So, is it possible to create a garden which creates very little in the way of waste? Of course it is…
Step One: Ditch the Plastics
While you may not realise it, gardening can create a massive amount of plastic waste; from plastic plant pots to plastic gardening tools which cannot be recycled when they have come to the end of their lives.
Instead, opt for metal gardening tools where available, such as trowels and spades. For plant pots, opt for ceramic versions which are much more suited to being weathered and you can be sure that it will take a lot to blow them over, meaning (hopefully!) less breakages and waste in the long run!
Even looking into things such as the containers your new plants come it – many usually come in plastic pots or trays. Instead, why not ask for cuttings of plants that you like rather than paying out for unnecessary plastic?
Instead of using plastic, unattractive garden tables and chairs, why not invest in a more durable option such as rattan garden furniture which is weatherproof and is guaranteed to last for years to come?
Step Two: Use What You Have Available
Water waste is also a huge issue; we’ve all heard of councils announcing hosepipe bans when the summer months come around, and there’s nearly always some outrage from frustrated gardeners as to keep plants alive, water is essential.
However, rather than having to rely constantly on tap water (and avoiding that pesky hosepipe ban), installing a water butt which collects rainwater in your garden is a great way to save water for when it’s needed most.
Obviously, you are completely at the mercy of Mother Nature to help you fill this up with rain but think of it this way – if it’s raining, you won’t need to water your garden, so any water collected is just waiting to be used when rain hasn’t been seen for a while!
Step Three: Grow Your Own Veg
Going back to the plastic problem again for a minute, think about how much plastic covers packaged vegetables in the supermarket? Even loose vegetables are usually bundled into thin plastic bags to keep them clean for the journey from the shop to the home. That’s a lot of waste.
Instead, why not grow your own and only pick what you need, when you need it? You won’t need any unnecessary plastic to store your veg in, and you get to bask in the knowledge that you grew them! There’s no better taste than a garden-fresh carrot, either!
By making a conscious effort to cut down on your waste – even in the smallest way – our gardens can become a much bigger aspect of our lives, and the environment will thank us for it in the long run!