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Is Your Garden Really Green?

February 21st, 2012


Garden – the term brings to our mind a picture of lush green surroundings, a soothing atmosphere full of oxygen, fresh air & colorful flowers. If you are not a green horn in gardening, you must know very well that the very concept of a ‘green’ garden is really vague. A well maintained garden most of the times is maintained using artificial chemicals like pesticides, chemical fertilizers etc. thus the greenery of such a garden is not really that green as it seems, isn’t it? Let’s see how to make your garden chemicals & environment pollutant free in the true sense.

Keep it original

The world consisted of trees and plants and a lot of greenery before the human race even existed. So hence we can say that Mother Nature never needed the help of harmful chemicals to keep her alive or to beautify her. So who are we to do that? Get rid of those chemical poisons and try to keep your garden as original as possible. Instead of fertilizers use green compost and in place of pesticide, prefer the use of natural insects to kill the weeds.

Make use of kitchen waste for making compost

Ever heard of “Gardener’s Gold”? It’s the compost made out of kitchen waste. The compost is highly beneficial as it increases the soil fertility by providing the soil with a high density of nutrients that are easily absorbed by plants. It also helps to build a very evenly spread and deep root network for the plants, thus letting them absorb better. The aeration of soil, soil texture and the water retention capability of soil increases by leaps and bounds.

Buy the recycled stuffs for your garden

Is your garden only for beautifying your home? Is it only to sip your hot cup of coffee while enjoying the beauty of nature? Is it a place only for the garden furniture? If that is so, the furniture can be made of recycled material. What is the point of having a “green” garden which is a home to pieces of metal made after digging the earth and uprooting hundreds of trees?

Make it a “garden” not a “lawn”

There is a difference between the two for sure. A garden is a patch of soil where vegetables, trees are grown. While lawn is a stretch of soil covered with nothing but grass. It surely beautifies the home but also requires a lot of finance to keep it lush green. It also takes the help of chemical fertilizers. A garden is much better in other aspects. It can be easily maintained by home-grown compost. Other than anything else, there is a different satisfaction in painstakingly growing your own food and having them.

Harvest rainwater

Gallons of water are “wasted” each day in watering garden plants. About 40% of the water used for watering of plants goes out as waste as plants are unable to absorb that water. Hence, rainwater harvesting is the best way to reduce this wastage. After all, you are harvesting and using whatever you are getting.

Try to contribute for the global cause

Always keep this in mind that a ‘green’ garden is never a separated system. It in fact is a part of a big global system. Try to plant about 10 different types of flowers in your garden to bring in the bees and butterflies. It will help you by increasing the production of fruits and flowers and will help to minimize the major bee-loss epidemic.

 

A green ‘garden’ is the way to go. If you haven’t got enough space in your own backyard, then contribute your time to a community garden. It will help you and the world in some way or the other. Come, join the green army.

 

About the author:

Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gardening. Recently an article on LED Bulbs attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on sports car.

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One Response to “Is Your Garden Really Green?”

  1. Anne Sweeney says:

    I do all of the above and love gardening. NEVER any chemicals on my plants.

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