How to grow a greener garden

First of all, when we say “greener garden”, we don’t mean one that’s full of the colour green, but rather one that’s more environmentally friendly – something that is very important today.

Adopt one or two (or preferably all) of these tips and you’ll be well on the way to having a greener garden in no time.

1. Stop using chemicals

It goes without saying that a garden grown using chemicals, like pesticides and unnatural fertilisers, isn’t as green as one that hasn’t been. That’s why you should look to ditch such chemicals and turn to more natural solutions instead (which we’ll cover later in this post).

2. Collect rain water

Buy yourself a rain barrel and place it out in the open or under a gutter down pipe so you can gather rain water. It’s a great way to utilise rain water and can help you reduce your own water bill in the process.

3. Reuse plastic bottles

Plastic bottles can be reused in a variety of ways around your garden. Cut the base off a plastic bottle and turn it upside down for an excellent warm, protective cover for your young seedlings. Alternatively, cut a bottle in half, make some small holes in the bottom and then hang it up as a hanging plant holder.

4. Attract beneficial bugs

Ladybugs and lacewings like nothing more than gorging on aphids. By planting bright flowers, such as sunflowers and marigolds, you can actively attract these beneficial bugs into your garden and watch as your pest population takes a dive.

5. Get composting

Making your own compost is so simple. Find a warm, partially sunny spot on top of some soil and gather vegetable peelings, garden waste andĀ fibrous woody brown material like paper or cardboard. After between six and nine months, you’ll have your very own homemade compost ready to add to your garden.

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