There are plenty of ways you can garden environmentally…
This Winter, don’t abandon your garden – do your bit to help out the environment with these Green tips for Green fingers.
As the Winter months kick in, here in the UK, it can be all too easy to want to stay inside and leave the garden to it’s own devices. Fight the urge to stay under the blanket, in front of the TV, throw another jumper on and get out into the garden for a potter – the Environment will thank you!
When the Winter months approach, us human beings tend to want to eat heartier meals. The root vegetables that come into season often need peeling or preparing and this inevitable leads us to accumulating more food waste. Instead of throwing this in the bin, why not use it to super charge you garden in the summer?
Starting a compost bin will help boost the soil in your garden next year, plus it’s a handy place to dump all the fallen leaves and other dead plant matter that crops up during the winter months.
Mulch Down Your Beds
Don’t wait until your compost heap is full to apply some tasty mulch to your flowerbeds. During the winter months, your soil still needs looking after and topping up with nutrients and moisture – mulch, either organic or inorganic, is an efficient way to do this and look after your little piece of heaven.
Most English gardens benefit from organic mulch rather than inorganic. Buy a blend of pine needles and leaf based compost, to give your flower bed a nice dark appearance – with the added bonus of helping the environment!
Save on Water
Just because it’s raining a bit more in these Winter months doesn’t mean you have to abandon water recycling. Using less water when gardening, is something that should be practised all the year round. Contrary to common opinion, a great deal of domestic waste water can be reused for gardening use.
Water used for baths or showers can be reused to water your garden – just make sure you’re not diverting any water containing extreme chemicals, such as bleach or disinfectant.
Welcome the Wild
There are loads of ways you can encourage some wild life to setup shop in your garden space. Regardless of the climate your garden is inhabiting, what’s important is that you maximise the space at your disposal and consider carefully what kind of animalia you’re most likely to attract in your local area.
Southern parts of England, with space, can utilise a pond to attract, frogs, dragonflies and other insects. Whereas colder regions up North should make use of bird houses, fat balls and log piles (to create a habitat for squishy insects that will feed your new bird friends).