It’s one of the most popular pastimes that not only keeps you fit and strong, it also gets you into the open air to fully interact with nature.
Whatever your reasons for gardening, be it aesthetically driven or for growing your own fruit and vegetables, it turns out that how you garden can have a significant impact on the environment.
Sustainable gardening: how can your gardening protect the environment?
How is home gardening affecting the environment?
By adding flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables to your immediate environment, you are improving wildlife diversity. A greater variety of plants in your garden will attract more insect species and work their magic whilst pollinating.
Did you know that home gardening also helps clean the air and soil? According to recent research, plants are really effective in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and producing oxygen as a by-product. They also absorb other harmful chemicals and bacteria that are floating in the atmosphere.
As for your soil’s health, plants’ roots can also absorb any harmful chemicals and heavy metals that might be polluting the area. Roots also help soil bind together, keeping it from washing away during heavy rains.
Your garden can tackle the effects of climate change
By providing a plentiful habitat for wildlife, you are also combating the effects of climate change. Consider installing a beehive to conserve this endangered species that is so important in plant diversity or swap your fences for luscious hedges that will make for a lovely home for many wild animals.
Trees and shrubs are also great carbon absorbers and are thankfully very durable and robust. It will also function as a safe habitat for numerous birds who will keep your garden trim, healthy and fertilised.
Eat what you grow
One of the main benefits of gardening is that you can eat what you grow! So, not only are you saving money on your weekly shop, but you are also eating purely organic fruit and vegetables that have not been spoilt with pesticides and fertilisers.
Ensure that the neighbouring wildlife doesn’t get to it by installing some fruit cages that will protect your plants from curious birds, rabbits and hens.
Don’t consume too much water
When it comes to watering your plants, be responsible and consider the impact this has on other locals. With extremely hot weather and droughts becoming a norm with climate change, be mindful when watering your plants, using watering cans to ensure you only use what you need instead of industrial hoses.
Install some water bins to catch surplus water that trickles off your roof. Not only does this make for a convenient water station, but you are also keeping water waste to a minimum.