There’s nothing better than fresh, local produce in the summer. From the farmer’s market to the grill, fruits and veggies simply taste healthier during the warm summer months. If you’re fortunate enough to have the resources, the freshes...
There’s nothing better than fresh, local produce in the summer. From the farmer’s market to the grill, fruits and veggies simply taste healthier during the warm summer months. If you’re fortunate enough to have the resources, the freshest and most sustainable way to chomp down that fresh produce is to grab it from your own garden. From the reactions on our Facebook and Twitter posts, we know you love your gardening. Why not give the people what they want? We therefore decided to compile our favorite sustainable, organic gardening tips in this new blog post! Hope you get the help you and your veggies deserve.
Have the yard space for a full-fledged garden?
1. Compost, compost, compost! Not only does composting save you from producing food waste, but it’s wonderful for your soil. Make sure to use only vegetable and fruit scraps though- meat or fish can get messy. Worried about the smell regardless? Keep a plastic bag or container in the freezer to store the scraps.
2. Plant flowers around or within your garden for pollinators. In this way, you’re helping your garden and the bees survive!
3. Use recycled materials throughout the garden. For example, use old pieces of concrete or rock for stepping stones to enhance the look of the space. Old pantyhose are a great way to fend off critters. Build your trellises with old, dead branches or wood scraps. It’s easy to reuse in the garden and the material is all around you!
4. Optimize biodiversity by experimenting with different combinations of plants throughout your space. Biodiversity promotes healthy plant life, encourages pollination and provides excellent habitat for birds. It also looks beautiful, with a range of colors and shapes.
5. Have excessive amounts of gardening space? Turn it into a community garden, where neighbors can come help you plant and maintain the space in exchange for fresh produce. In providing local produce to your community, you cut down on food miles significantly and reduce carbon emissions. Helping others and helping the earth- that’s what we’re all about!
Live in the city or have limited gardening space?
1. Is this your first stab at gardening? Don’t try to start out with something difficult like tomatoes. Start small, with herbs like basil and thyme or larger green like lettuce or spinach. Easy to grow and easy to eat!
2. Use those old concrete blocks you see splayed across the sidewalks as planters! Not only do you clean up the city but can repurpose old goods instead of buying new and unnecessary planters. Stack multiple concrete blocks for a modern, edgy look.
3. Reuse coffee tins to make a wall garden. This is perfect for a small deck or balcony with a usable wall, takes up hardly any walking space. Simply nail the cans to the wall and plant!
4. We all lead hectic lives, lives in which it is difficult to have time to constantly keep up with your garden. Try creating this self-watering planter to save time and keep your urban plants as fresh as can be!
5. Share your produce! I know, this is a repeat step from the tips for those with a yard. However, I bet the neighbors in your apartment complex would be more than happy to accept your extra produce. You can feel good about decreasing food miles and offering local food to friends. Gardening is best when shared!
What are your top sustainable, organic gardening tips? Post them in the comments; as always, we’d love to hear from you!
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