Your garden is an everchanging space for relaxation and pleasure. The joy that you can receive from your garden is not restricted to summertime. Gardens can give their owners great satisfaction all year round as it responds to the seasons. If you are thinking about how you can create a more self-sustaining environment in your own backyard, here are 3 suggestions for an eco-garden. Not only will you benefit, but you’ll be creating a space that provides a variety of habitats for wildlife, what’s more eco-friendly than that?
The insects that live in our gardens play an important role. They are a critical element of the pollination process, and some insects are even expert predators for the crop and flower destroying bugs which help to eliminate your need for strong chemicals to kill them. Ladybirds and lacewings are aphids’ natural predators and are the good insects that you need in your garden. Sunflowers, marigolds and scented geraniums are loved by ladybirds and lacewings and will help to attract them to your garden.
Similarly, birds, frogs, toads, and newts feed off slugs, and so you can use this to your advantage. Introduce nesting boxes to your garden and feed them in winter to encourage the birds to remain loyal to your garden. A pond is a wonderful way to encourage wildlife to visit your garden and will provide the ideal habitat for slug eating frogs and toads. Water-garden.co.uk can supply you with the necessary equipment you need to help you establish the optimal ecosystem for your wildlife.
Historically, cottage gardens were so successful because they understood the need for companion planting. Companion planting is when specific plants are grown together because they complement each other’s growth patterns and nutrients that they need for vitality. However, this also means that there are some pairings that will hinder growth!
So, before you introduce any plants to your garden, research to make sure that they work best for the other plants in the locality. Here are some great combinations for your vegetable patch:
- Chives and tomatoes: Growing these together makes great sense when you consider that aphids do not like the onion scent from the chives.
- Garlic and roses: Rose pests are not a fan of the scent of garlic and the flowers that the garlic produce in spring add interest to the roses before they bloom.
- Spring onions and carrots: This is a very successful pairing as the prevalent pests to each of these vegetables detest the scents that the other provides.
The great benefit of harvesting rainwater for your garden is that it is a free resource that conserves water supplies. The rainwater that is collected is particularly good for your garden because it is free of the chemicals, salts, and preservatives that are added during the water cleaning process. It naturally contains nitrates that are essential for your plants to grow abundantly and thrive. Stored rainwater always contains some organic matter: leaf debris, bird droppings, and pollen, which are beneficial for your plants. The good news is that it’s inexpensive and easy to set up a water catchment system.
By adopting these three practices into your garden, you will make a significant and positive impact on how eco-friendly your garden is. Your garden is a rich habitat for wildlife and can provide you with a great source of pleasure (and vegetables) for years to come.