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Making your garden sustainable is incredibly important due to the fact that it reduces the amount of work that you need to invest in order to maintain it. Second, it gives you a more visually pleasing look; and last, it provides you with an area where you can grow your own food and ingredients. In the age of pesticides, GMOs, and low soil quality, this is incredibly important for any health-minded family. With that in mind, here are tops six eco-friendly designs that you need to consider.
Taco or pizza garden
One of the most important functions of your garden needs to be a didactic one because you need to teach your kids the importance of enjoying organic meals. The best way to show them where their food is coming from is to make a live demonstration by planting all (well, actually most) of the items needed to make a taco or a pizza and allow them to help you in your gardening efforts. Then, you can show them a step-by-step process on how the way in which food gets to their plate. A lesson learned this way will never be forgotten, and by implementing this into the mindset of your kids, you’ll already be making the world into a better place.
Homemade composting and mulching
The next way in which you can improve your backyard in an organic manner is by making your own compost. Fortunately, chances are that your household is already producing all the necessary ingredients (in a form of various leftovers), which is why all you need now is some knowledge on how to use it to your advantage. Fruit scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, grass, dry leaves, shredded newspaper, and straw can all go into compost. As for mulching, having a machine that allows you to chip wood will be incredibly helpful. Just make sure that you’re using untreated wood in order not to pollute your garden.
Investment in maintenance equipment
Making an impressive garden or backyard is the easy part, the difficult part is maintenance due to the fact that it requires a continuous effort, as well as requires specialized tools and supplies. Fortunately, by organizing a bit better, you can get this over with, in no time. First of all, you need a way to store all of these items. The simplest way to handle this is to look up sheds online and order one that meets all your needs in terms of material, size, and layout. After this, you’ll have the place where you can safely store your delicate equipment, which is why you can go for a higher quality without worry. You will also have a place where you can store all your supplies, which is why you can even consider ordering in bulk.
Wi-Fi irrigation system
Going smart is probably the simplest way to make your gardening efforts more resource-efficient. This is due to the fact that you can program your system to spend as much water as you feel is optimal. Watering your garden too much can be quite ineffective, as well as create major ecological mismanagement of resources. Combined with a rainwater gathering system, you can truly get the most out of this eco-friendly concept.
Another piece of advice that can make your job a lot easier is to explore the concept of companion planting. There are some plants that grow incredibly well together. This is due to the fact that one type of plant might act as a repellant for the type of pest that most commonly attacks a different plant. For instance, basil and tomatoes go incredibly well together, yet, it’s suggested that you should keep your tomatoes far away from cabbage and beets. Corn and green beans are known to go well together, yet, onions may impede the growth of bean-type plants.
Reducing the lawn size
The simplest way to save water on the maintenance of your garden, as well as reduce the amount of work that you have, is to just reduce the lawn size. Other than leaving you with a smaller area to water, you’ll also have less to mow on a weekly basis. To do so, simply expand the edges of your garden or make a simple garden path down the middle.
Planting trees, attracting friendly bugs, stopping environmental weeds, and taking responsibility for your gardening practices are just some of the honorable mentions that failed to enter this list. The list itself, however, goes on and on. This is why where there’s no excuse for avoiding eco-friendly practices in your gardening efforts.