By Diana Smith:
During the 20th century, mankind has shamelessly and ignorantly poisoned our planet; and now we are at the tipping point. It is the “green” mentality that the gardeners from every corner of our green earth have chosen as a way to redeem ourselves to Mother Nature, as well as to help her become healthy again. There’s always a way to make your plants even greener than their leaves are. If you feel the need to join the cause of green gardeners, read on.
Unfortunately, many gardeners have yet to recognize the benefit of growing a chemical-free garden. To make things worse, even those who have found themselves in agreement with the green mentality are still feeling reluctant about getting rid of the chemicals they are using because they are convinced that using poisonous chemicals is somehow a cheaper way to go.
On the other hand, a growing number of gardening enthusiasts and professionals are choosing to take on a slightly more demanding job of growing strong, healthy plants without using the substances that are harmful to our environment. Green gardening is becoming a trend!
This, of course, is not without reason — in addition to this being a cleaner and cheaper way to go, the whole experience of not using chemicals is significantly more rewarding. Why? Well, because you are taking matters into your own hands — quite literally. If you are squeamish about getting your hands dirty, maybe you should rethink the whole gardening idea.
Growing strong, chemical-free plants requires more than your mere hands, and it all starts with the soil. Stuffing your garden with organic matter and compost at the earliest stages of your garden-to-be will significantly increase the strength and vitality of your future plants. With strong plants, you won’t need pesticides, which means that the very inhabitants of your garden will consist of nothing but strong plants and good insects.
Once your soil has been enriched with quality organic matter and compost, it’s time to take the next step — choosing the right seeds and seedlings. It is important to realize that expensive ones aren’t necessarily the best way to go: the majority of these are treated with neonicotinoids, which kill bees — one of your greatest allies when it comes to gardening. Instead, opt for buying seeds and seedlings from a trusted nursery. This is always a greener and a better choice!
The next thing on the green gardening list is getting quality tools and, since you’ve already made so much effort to be green with your organic matter, compost and seeds, it would make sense to go energy efficient with your tools. For example, get rid of your gas-powered lawn mower and get an electric one. In fact, as a rule of thumb, you should always aim at going electric with tools.
If you aren’t afraid of a real challenge and truly want to make sure you remain completely green, then hand-driven tools might just be the perfect choice. Electric-powered tools truly are somewhat green, but they still rely upon electric energy. Using hand-driven tools will prove to be a rewarding experience!
Think Compatible Plants
No matter how strong your plants are, there’s an off-chance that some just won’t make it. This is why you should think about introducing companion planting into your garden. The very term is pretty self-explanatory: this idea is based around finding plants that work well with each other.
Use this list to find out which plants are compatible, and enjoy the fact that your garden will grow even stronger, fighting pests and diseases in an entirely natural way.
Pro tip: if you want to better the chances of your garden’s survival even further, install retractable waterproof shade sails. These clever contraptions can help you protect your garden from damaging sunlight, as well as rain, depending on your needs.
Finally, there is no better way to make sure that you remain eco-friendly than to reuse as much as you can. For example, use worn-out clothes for cleaning, and piles of swept leaves for composting.
These tips will help you pave your road towards becoming an eco-friendly plant grower. True gardening isn’t done with wads of cash, but with one’s own bare hands and hand-driven tools. If you can’t invest 100% of yourself into the green mentality, take it one step at a time. Every contribution towards bettering our planet counts!
Diana Smith is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls and a great animal lover. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.