You might think that and green space is pretty eco-friendly already, but you can actually improve upon that. Your garden can make a real contribution to the environment.
If you allow plants to thrive and create a hub for wildlife, your garden can play an exciting part in the local ecosystem.
You might not be blessed with a vast garden, and feel like it is so little that it can’t possibly be beneficial. However, even the smallest part in being eco-friendly is excellent.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your eco-journey.
Use a water butt to collect rainwater. Rather than keep hooking up your main water supply and a hose, use a waterbutt and check out pump sales to work out which will work best with the setup you have.
Having a source of water for birds to drink and bathe in is really lovely to watch on a spring day. However, depending on the height of the water source will draw different wildlife. Lower down you’re likely to get frogs, higher up birds only. But it is a good idea to have an exit slope just on the off chance a little one gets stuck.
It might be tempting to try and ward off pests with lots of chemicals. However, you don’t need to coat the garden in pesticides to protect your plants. You can do this pretty easily merely by lining any pots with a rim of petroleum jelly. This acts as a barrier for many insects.
For slugs, rather than pellets which might be eaten by more than just the intended bugs – think beer. Fill a small pot with some beer and place it into the ground. Don’t cover the top, and the little plant munchers with enjoy a bubble bath.
As much as beautifully manicured lawns are gorgeous, having a little patch dedicated to wildflowers is going to bring in loads of butterflies, bees, and plenty of other bugs too. If you aren’t keen on a little wild patch, you can also plant things like honeysuckle, foxgloves, and lavender.
You can also make a significant contribution to your family and your garden by planting a mix of flowers and vegetables. Root vegetables often produce lovely flowers, that attract bees and butterflies and encourage pollination too. Onions, carrots, and potatoes grow really well and provide a yield pretty quickly.
Help the local birds by putting some food out. During the summer they will do pretty well on flying insects and that type of thing, but they will need a little help during the winter. You can feed them all year round though. Pop up a small birdhouse, and make sure you have the doof topped up every week. They love a combination of seeds, cooked potatoes and unsalted fat.
Composting is very easy to set up and is excellent for your garden. You can pop in a mix of food waste, and paper-based waste to create nutrient-rich soil for your own gardening endeavours. You won’t be putting meat and fish in there, so you shouldn’t be getting unwanted visits from cats or foxes.