Big gestures and promises are important when it comes to environmental change, but so are little things. When millions of people do the little things, they add up fast. Why not think about ways you protect the planet while planting your garden this year? Let’s talk about 10 Easy Gardening Tips That Will Help Save the Planet, because even small actions can have a big impact on the environment.
1. Keep Grass Green, Even During Drought
All you need is a rain barrel. With it, you can collect excess rainwater from your eaves, creating a double win: It will prevent flooding in low lying parts of your garden while at the same time allowing you to water your plants and flowers, with no impact to your water bill. Even in the middle of a drought, you can maintain your garden’s fresh look.Tip? Install a fine mesh screen on the top of the barrel to keep pests out. You can do it!
2. Got a Hankering for Cornbread? Weeds don’t!
If you like using corn meal gluten in your cooking, you might want to buy a little extra and use some in your garden too. Corn meal gluten keeps weed seeds from germinating and growing into full fledged pesky weeds. All you need to do is sprinkle some corn meal around your flowers and plants. But beware: the gluten will prevent any seed from germinating – so if you’re growing vegetables, keep the corn meal away or you’ll have a mighty small crop this season.
Is your garden already being invaded by weeds? A natural weed killer that works is a pinch of salt at the base of the weed.
3. Invite Good Bugs Into Your Garden
Encourage the good bugs to pay your plants and flowers a visit and watch as they keep the bad bug population down for you. Example? Ladybugs love brightly colored flowers, like sunflowers. They also enjoy a hearty snack of plant destroying aphids. Bright flowers attract the ladybugs and and the aphids become lunch for them, so it’s a win-win for your garden, and the ladybugs!
It’s easy to encourage the good bugs to visit your garden. Simply plant colorful flowers. It will create a botanical smorgasbord that they won’t be able to resist. Learn how to attract ladybugs to your garden.
4. A little Irish Spring in your step?
There’s a good reason to buy not one but two bars of Irish Spring soap. Take one and shave pieces off with a knife or grater. Sprinkle the shavings around your perennials and most species of small, furry beasts will avoid your plant beds. The soap is an inexpensive pest deterrent that is safer than many of the products sold at your local garden center. It smells better too!
Why the second bar of Irish Spring? When you’re done gardening for the day, you can take the other bar into the shower and put it to good use. Win-win! Learn how to attract ladybugs to your garden.
5. Recycling in a different way
If you’ve got kids, you’ve got milk jugs and plastic drink containers. It’s a given. While most of these containers can be recycled in the traditional way, you can also pull a few from the bin and put them to good use in your garden. Early spring seedlings are in danger from frost or inclement weather so keep them safe by cutting off the bottom of a milk jug or plastic bottle and placing it over top of the growing seedling. This little ‘house’ will protect them from threats of a late frost. When the good weather is here to stay, remove the bottles so the plants can get the full and healthful benefits of the sun and rain!
6. Don’t forget to mulch
Mulching protects plants from pests and weeds; it helps the plants retain moisture and minerals from the earth that they need to grow and thrive. Mulch also helps to cut down on the time and energy you need to spend maintaining the garden and plant beds, which is a good enough reason in and of itself! Take your mulching up another level in environmental sustainability by using a long lasting Rubber Mulch, made from recycled rubber tires. You can’t get more earth-friendly in your garden than that!
7. No two slimes are alike
If you’ve got an invasion of slimy slugs and snails on your potted plants, spread some petroleum jelly on the edges of the planters. Snails and slugs don’t like it, despite their own slimy exteriors, and you will be able to save your plants from becoming an all-a-snail-can-eat buffet.
8. Tired feet and a tired garden both need Epsom salts
Epsom salts are a wonder for tired gardeners but not just in the way you might be thinking. The salts will help keep your plants green, your flowers healthy and will also balance the levels of magnesium in your soil. Magnesium is a vital mineral for your garden. And after a long day in the sun bringing your garden to the heights that you want to achieve, you can put the salts to good use in a hot bath to relax those tired muscles!
9. Breakfast leftovers can be compost gold!
When you’re done your eggs and coffee in the morning, take heed before you throw out the detritus from your breakfast making. Coffee grounds can do a lot of good in the ground or your compost. The grounds provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and copper, all of which your soil needs. Basically, they are the multivitamin of the garden world! Just be sure to place them at a depth of 6 to 8 inches in the soil or compost.
While the grounds decompose in the earth, they will also release nitrogen, which is another essential compound for healthy soil that will grow a beautiful garden.Fun experiment! Sprinkle coffee grounds as mulch at the base of your pink hydrangea plants and the flowers will turn blue as the coffee grounds alter the pH levels in the soil! Amaze your family and guests with your skills!
10. Eggshells are two sources of goodness for your garden
- Eggshells are 96% calcium carbonate, so they can given your compost that dose of calcium that it needs to nourish your soil. Tomato plants in particular love calcium and will thrive with a little extra!
- Keep the slugs and snails at bay by sprinkling crushed eggshells around your plants. They won’t be comfortable moving over the sharp edges to munch on your growing garden.
- Everyone enjoys a beautifully grown and maintained garden but being able to help the earth to sustain itself at the same time.