Four ways to make your garden more eco friendly
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The garden, here at Chez Green, in a constant source of stress I have to admit.
I have lofty ideals, images of me harvesting beautiful organic produce, but the reality is I’m really not a gardener.
I like to eat the produce and look out onto a nice space, but I’m a fair weather gardener at best (if at all).
I have two neighbours whom I’m learning a lot from.
They are both elders and they really demonstrate how slow and steady wins the race…
They spend half an hour outside every day chipping away at all the jobs from sowing to weeding to harvesting.
I admire them and wish I could be like them, but that’s just not the case.
I wake up with the energy and motivation to dig an entire bed one day, burn out and then leave it for the weeds to grow again. Or I sow everything at once when the mood strikes and then end up with a glut that I can’t manage.
Every year though, with my inner optimist by my side, I claim ‘This is the year of the garden!’ and I have the best of intentions.
Here are my plans for making my garden productive and sustainable this year:
Something we achieved last year was to design and build a three part composting system. We’ve had one of those plastic darlek bins for years and it was useless. All I ended up with was a slimy mess complete with resident rats and wasps and in the winter I had to throw food scraps away because the compost stopped working.
Now I have this amazing three part system Mr Green made for me, I have my very own compost to use! I’m super excited about that.
As I mentioned, I’ll sow a glut of seeds then complain that I need to harvest a glut! I’m going to learn from my neighbours and try and do a little bit every week. Yes I’d love to say I’ll garden daily, but I know that’s not realistic. So I’m going to plant more things in pots, rather than the garden; which I think will be easier to manage, and see what I can achieve.
Having a water feature is not just nice to sit next to, it’s beneficial to the eco system as well. We have clay soil which attracts a lot of slugs, so if I can create a small pond and entice some frogs in, they’ll happily eat the slugs. It gives me the perfect excuse for a bit of prettiness too with the use of solar water features. By using a solar powered water feature you can say good bye to the hassle of wires (one of Mr Green’s personal bugbears) and it means you can put a water feature anywhere you want as long as it gets access to enough light.
You might remember when I stated my Green goals for 2013 I mentioned we were getting more chickens. We’ll they’ve arrived! I’m now proud mama to four Sussex Lights which are happily settling into an old shed. Chickens also love a few slugs for dinner AND they’ll eat scraps then reward me with eggs. What’s not to love?
What about you? Any plans to make your gardening even more sustainable?
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