Healthy green living is a growing trend among the environmentally conscious. Green living is not difficult and expensive and it encourages us do our part to save the planet. With summer already here, we can take advantage of the weather to create a green outdoor living space. Here are five great ideas to go green in your garden.
Use solar powered lighting
Go green by adding eco-friendly solar powered lights to illuminate your garden. They are easy to install and require little maintenance. With the varied types of solar powered lights available, you can find one that suits your outdoor lighting needs and add subtle beauty to your garden. Solar powered lights harness the power of the sun to produce energy: hence, they are a great way of cutting your electricity bills as the power source is free and renewable.
Grow your own organic food
Planting organic vegetables and fruits is becoming popular in the US with growing concern over the unsustainable food production system. Growing your own organic produce can save you money on buying the sometimes pricey organic food. Eating your own food straight from the garden is much tastier than those bought from the supermarket. Your children will love to eat their greens because they helped to grow the food themselves!
Make your own compost
Rather than spend your hard-earned money on commercial compost, why not recycle your vegetable waste as nutrient rich fertilizer for your garden? Commercial compost might contain harmful ingredients and toxins. By transforming your kitchen waste, you can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and limit global warming. Composting is easy.
Use a container such as an old ice-cream tub to collect kitchen waste such as vegetable and fruit peelings, teabags, coffee grounds and eggshells. Do not compost cooked food such as meat. Mix the kitchen waste with leaves, twigs and weeds.
Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater to irrigate your garden. Since rainwater is collected before it hits the ground, it is likely to be free of contaminants and chlorine free. This method can save thousands of gallons of water each year and cut your utilities bill. Remember to cover the top of the barrel to keep out debris and insects.
Go organic in your pest control
Pesticide contains chemicals that can harm butterflies, hummingbirds and other wild creatures. Consider buying organic and biodegradable alternatives or use fewer pesticides. Treat ladybugs as your garden friends! These animals play an important role in balancing the ecosystem by getting rid of insects such as aphids.
Be proactive and do your part in protecting the planet. These five ideas will create a healthy outdoor living space and save you money.
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