Friday, March 27, 2009
How to Grow a Greener Garden in 2009!
Want to be greener in 2009? Maybe you want to save money by canning food and freezing vegetables. If so, try making your garden more eco-friendly. According to a survey of gardeners administered by the Garden Media Group, it’s predicted that gardens will be more environmentally friendly in 2009. Below are some tips on how to make your garden more rewarding in the new year.
Grow it yourself by planting seeds instead of buying the smaller, immature plants for your garden. Buying the seeds is cheaper than buying the plant. Plus, you are able to take part in the raising of the plant. Nothing is more rewarding than when you have to work hard for something.
Plant fruit-bearing shrubs such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and elderberries, because they are nutritious and ornamental.
Setup rain barrels around your home, so you can use rain water to hydrate your garden. This will help recycle the water and preserve your drinking water.
Start a compost bin so that you can use the refuse as fertilizer. Homemade fertilizer is nutrient rich, and you are fully aware of what is in your fertilizer.
Use gardening tools that are made from recycled metals and plastic.
Gardening is a process, and you have to learn how to be patient and how to accept failure. With unpredictable weather conditions, you can never be certain about early frosts, sunshine or heat waves. The smallest change in weather can have a serious impact on your garden, but when you put in the effort to grow and protect your crops, you can be pleasantly surprised.
It’s also beneficial to include your children in the gardening process too. You can teach them at an early age how to grown their own food and what it means to live off of the land. Plus, your entire family will benefit from eating organic crops, and they will be more aware of what all goes into growing food. When you have toiled everyday to feed, water and protect the garden, you are less likely to waste the food you worked so hard to grow.