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Spring is almost here, so now is the right time to start thinking about planning a garden that will provide you with many benefits. Gardening is a great activity that allows you to soak up the sun, get some fresh air and burn some calories. But, that’s not all. If you go organic, you’ll also get to help the world around you. Here are some of the best tips that will help you create an eco-garden that’s easy on the eyes and on the planet.
Consider mutual benefits
Companion planting is a great technique that involves planting different species of greenery close to one another for mutual benefits. As an example, you can plant roses and garlic next to one another since the strong smell of the garlic will repel harmful pests from attacking the flower. And later, you can use fresh garlic in your kitchen.
Similar to companion planting, interplanting allows you to maximize the space in your garden by planting different crops with different growth cycles in the same plot. Smaller, faster-growing plants will fit perfectly in between larger, slower-growing plants. For instance, radishes mature fast and will thin the soil and allow better growth of carrots.
Get into composting
If you want to allow your plants to thrive, you need to feed the soil with essential nutrients and microorganisms. And the best way to do so is to get into composting. Depending on the size of your garden, you can either choose a small composting bin or opt for a big composting pit. In order to start your composting process, simply gather dead garden waste (branches, stems, dried leaves, bits of wood…) and food scraps from the kitchen (eggshells, peels, coffee grounds, tea leaves and other kitchen waste) and wait for around 3 months. And voila, you have fresh and organic food for your soil!
Most gardens, no matter how well designed, need irrigation. But since many parts of the world experience water shortages and droughts, make sure to go green by collecting rainwater. There are practical barrels you can buy perfect for collecting rainwater that you can later use in your garden. This is where your kids can help as well! Among other cute garden tools for kids, you can also buy small watering cans. This way, your kids can learn about gardening, plants and care without having to handle anything too heavy.
Make sure your garden is friendly to the bees by planting attractive plants like lavender, honeysuckle and foxgloves. You can also reduce the use of pesticides and have water available for bees to drink. A bowl full of rocks and water is a great option since it provides the bees with a way to climb out of the water—they are not very good swimmers.
Reduce pesticide use
In order to rid your garden of non-beneficial pests, try planting species like marigold, petunia, lavender and rosemary which are natural pest repellents. You can also cover the ground with crushed eggshells or ground coffee to make the soil unsuitable for slugs and snails. If you simply need to use pesticides, make sure to opt for organic kinds that don’t harm other insects and animals.
In order to make your garden safe and attractive even after sundown, you need to light it up. But, try to use something sustainable like solar lights in order to reduce energy waste. These lights charge during the day and glow gently during the night providing more than enough light for evening strolls and safe passage through your garden.
Creating an organic eco-garden will be a perfect hobby this spring. And just think of all the benefits you’ll provide to yourself, your family and to the entire world!