Eco friendly gardens are a great way to make a positive impact on the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. Turning your garden into an eco-friendly space can be achieved with some relatively small changes and projects.
Create a Compost Heap – Expensive chemicals are not only hard on the wallet, they are bad for the environment too. Chemicals leech through the soil, destroying eco-friendly micro-organisms and seeping into rivers to affect wildlife. Of course, everyone wants healthy growth for their plants and vegetables, but organic fertilisers are expensive. Creating your own compost heap is a cheap and easy way to add nutrients to your soil and keep organic matter from being carted away to a landfill.
Things that can be added to your compost heapinclude grass cuttings, vegetable peelings, egg shells and coffee grounds. Any dead leaves or shrubs can also be added. Build your own compost heap from wooden planks, making sure to keep your heap moist and turn it over regularly with a fork to keep the air moving through it.
Encourage Wildlife – If you are in the middle of a busy town or city it is unlikely you are going to encourage an abundance of foxes and rabbits into your garden, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it into a wildlife friendly space. Growing creeping vines and plants up trellis such as this from Buy Fencing Direct encourages bees, butterflies and small birds to visit your garden, especially if you choose flowering varieties of plant.
Creating a ‘wildlife hotel’ is simple and easy – a few logs piled to ensure plenty of gaps and crevices makes the perfect home for a variety of eco-friendly insects and if you dig a small hole before you place your logs it will make the perfect home for a hedgehog. Logs should be untreated and the older they are the better they will be for your wildlife hotel.
A pond is the perfect way to encourage wildlife in your garden. Frogs and newts are attracted to damp environments and of course you can stock your pond with fish. If you have no space for a pond, or have young children and do not feel comfortable with the idea, you can create a water feature ‘stream’ or waterfall using rocks and logs.
Grow Your Own Vegetables – Growing your own vegetables is not only fun and satisfying, it also reduced your carbon footprint by minimising the amount of food you buy from supermarkets. Food that travels only from your back garden to your kitchen has almost no carbon footprint, plus it is considerably cheaper and you know exactly what chemicals you are putting into your body.