Thousands of chemicals are sprayed into our environment every year and gallons upon gallons of water is wasted by growing plants. Most of this waste is done by huge agricultural companies, but some of it is also done in our home grown gardens. We can make a huge difference by changing how we garden and by making some smart changes. There are lots of agricultural producers who have managed to make changes and you can use the same tactics in your garden and help our planet.
Pick the Right Plants. Make sure that the plants you choose are appropriate for the area you live in. You can’t control conditions like rain, humidity, and temperature in your garden. By choosing the right kind of plants you may be able to avoid using fertilizers and save on water too. Make sure you do some research about native plants in your surrounding areas and plant them in your own garden. Wildflowers are an excellent choice, you can pretty much leave them alone and they will thrive.
Pick Plants that are Natural Pest Repellents. By choosing plants that repel pests, you won’t need to rely on poisons to get rid of bugs. Many plants produce chemicals that repel pests naturally. Putting them in your garden will keep it safe and you won’t need any harmful chemicals. You can even use some of these plants to make products that keep pests away from you too. If you don’t want to plant natural repellents in your garden you can use herbs like hot pepper, vanilla, and lavender to help repel pests.
Make Sure you Pull out the Weeds. Avoid using chemicals to kill weeds and just pluck ’em out. It’s still very effective and you won’t be spraying anything toxic into the environment. If you take a little time each day to pull weeds from your garden it doesn’t take that long.
Rotate your Crops. Rotating your crops is an excellent way to naturally fertilize plants. Plants use different nutrients and put different nutrients into the soil. By rotating your crops you replace nutrients the other plants have used up and you’ll end up needing less fertilizer. You can use this tip in a smaller scale too; plant different plants each year or just rotate where you are putting specific plants.
Now that you have implemented these changes you are growing a more efficient, low-water, and chemical free garden. Now you need to spread the word! One garden definitely makes a difference, but the more gardens implementing these tips, the better!