4. Conserve and Recycle Water for Garden Sustainability
Water is a valuable resource and should be treated that way. That’s why one of the best ways to grow a garden sustainably is to only water plants when they need it and to recycle water that would otherwise go unused.
Unless the weather is hot and dry, you may only need to water two or three times a week. To further conserve water, use recycled water to irrigate your garden.
A rainwater collection system is a great way to conserve and recycle water in your garden. By collecting rainwater, you can save it until your garden needs a drink and then avoid turning on the faucet. If you don’t have room for this in your yard, there are plenty of other options that allow you to use this sustainable gardening method.
Additional ways to use recycled water in your garden:
- Place a bucket in your shower while it warms up and then use this to water your garden.
- Use water from unfinished water glasses and water bottles to water your plants.
- Install a grey water system.
5. Garden by Hand
You can reduce the environmental impact of your garden by taking care of it by hand, without the help of gas-powered machinery or chemicals. Using machines or chemicals in your garden releases harmful gasses into the air or the soil.
Instead of using a machine to till or cultivate your garden, use a shovel, rake and elbow grease to do the work. This sustainable gardening method won’t cost you anything but some time and maybe some sweat.
When it comes to weeding, plan to spend a couple hours in your garden every week rather than using a chemical weedkiller. Weeding by hand is better for the environment and means you won’t accidentally ingest chemicals when you harvest your veggies.
Pro tip: Even if you don’t have a garden, you can use this gardening method to increase your backyard sustainability. You can use a manual push mower to cut your grass or avoid spraying your lawn with a weed killer.
Using just one of these sustainable gardening methods will make your garden more environmentally friendly. Decide which ones are right for you and get gardening. Have other sustainable gardening suggestions? Let us know in the comments.
For more tips on living sustainably and making a positive impact on your environment, take a look at the Greener Living section of our blog.