Earth Day 2018 was a day to celebrate our big, beautiful earth, and to advocate for change. Now that this day is done, the action must begin! With Spring finally here, that means gardening season is upon us. Lucky for us there are many ways we can take our gardening eco-friendly this year.
- Compost is food waste and other organic material that people recycle to add nutrients to their soil and to prevent organic waste from going into landfills.
- Click HERE to learn more about what you can use for compost.
- Fertilizer has a combination of nutrients to help your plants grow.
- Organic fertilizer contains plant and animal-based material.
- Non-organic fertilizer, or synthetic fertilizer, contains minerals and/or synthetic chemicals. These chemicals can have many negative effects on your plants and soil.
- Note: Make sure you use the right kind, and amount, of fertilizer.
- This includes compost, shredded bark, shredded leaves, wood chips, composted sawdust, and straw. (All come in organic options)
- Mulch reduces evaporation caused by sun and wind. This helps conserve water!
- Plus mulch just looks nice!
- Use Mulch
- Use a drip line or soaker hose. These devices help vary water efficiently because they target the roots of the plants.
- Capture rainwater in buckets and use that to water your plants.
- Water for your Soil Type: Clay vs. Sand
- Water less. Do some research on how often you should be watering your garden’s plants. You might realize that you are watering them way too often.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Reduce the amount of chemicals and water you use in your garden.
- Reuse food and organic material for compost. You can also reuse any packaging, plastic bottles, or wooden containers in creative ways around your garden.
- Recycle all packaging or plastic that you do not reuse in your garden.
- Instead of using chemicals and pesticides to fend off insects that are destroying your garden, use a DynaTrap. The DynaTrap uses only CO2 and UV light to attract insects. There are no chemicals, pesticides, or odors that could hurt you, your plants, your pets, or your kids running around the yard.