Whether you’re hoping to save money or want to do your bit for the environment, there are plenty of ways you can make the world a better place through gardening.
If you’ve started a new project or goal to live a more sustainable life this year, follow these gardening tricks to get started.
Grow Your Own Veg
Fruit and vegetables from the supermarket typically come packed in cling wrap or plastic containers, and this excess packaging isn’t good for the environment. Rather than just recycling materials, go one step further and grow your own.
Happy Valley Seeds sells seeds across Australia for herbs, spices, fruit, and vegetables. The seeds can be planted in the garden or in a container if your outside space is limited. Growing your own vegetables is a great way to reduce waste, save money, and become more self-sufficient.
Plant Some Trees
Planting trees can boost your own sustainability while also enhancing the local ecosystem. If you’ve used wood for the fire or just want to help create cleaner air, plant trees in your garden. Once grown, you can even install a swing or treehouse to add additional use to your new tiny woodland.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or outdoor space, composting is another great way of reducing waste and being a little more sustainable. Any leftover food or out-of-date produce can go into a compost bin to create a natural fertilizer for your garden. Sending waste to landfill adds methane into the atmosphere, which stifles oxygen and causes breathing problems.
Use A Rain Barrel
Installing a rain barrel in your garden will allow you to collect rainwater and use it to water the garden, flush toilets, and save money on your water bills. Rain barrels are easy to install and collect water incredibly fast, so you’ll be more self-sufficient in no time.
Create an Indoor, Edible Garden
Even if you don’t have an outdoor space, you can still improve your sustainability through gardening. Green thumbs can easily create an indoor, edible garden of smaller plants and herbs. A single windowsill is enough space to grow all your fresh herbs to reduce waste and save money.
These simple, easy to install options will help you create a more sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle. There’s nothing better than eating a delicious meal, knowing you grew your own ingredients and had fun while doing it.
There are several benefits to gardening that have nothing to do with sustainability. Firstly, gardening is a great hobby to de-stress and calm down after a busy day. It’s also a fun way to add gentle exercise into your daily routine. Finally, gardening forces you out into the open, where you can breathe fresher air and gift your body with a natural dose of vitamin D.
So, whether you have a huge garden, a small patio, or just a windowsill to work with, start your sustainable lifestyle today, and we guarantee you won’t regret it!