Eco Friendly Gardening Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know

• Going away for a few days? Or just lazy? Either way, you can water small plants with absolutely zero effort each day. Just roll up a paper tissue into a thin tube, place it along the roots of the plants you want to hydrate and submerge the other end in a tub of water. Et voila, self-watering plants! Just make sure to keep the water tub in the shade to avoid evaporation, especially during hot weather.

• Broken egg shells, copper wire and beer are all good slug and snail deterrents and aren’t harmful for other animals and the environment like poisons are. It might also be useful to remember that these pests are mostly attracted to newly planted plants and not established ones, so concentrate most of your efforts on keeping them away from newly planted areas.

• Re-use broken pots as plant markers so you can find what you planted where. Simply paint a large piece white and write what you want on them using permanent marker, then stick in the ground using a sharp edge. If you’re feeling fancy you could even decorate them, for your own unique twist.

• When growing your own vegetables, there’s no need to buy all your seeds from the shop. Many shop bought vegetable cuttings (including, but not limited to, onions, tomatoes and celery) can be planted in your garden and used to grow fresh produce.

Eco Friendly Gardening Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know

• Re-use a large old plastic bottle as a watering can – simply punch holes in the lid with a craft knife, easy as that.

• You can make cheap and easy bio-degradable plant pots out of used kitchen and toilet paper rolls. Simply cut four slots into one end of the roll and fold over to make a perfectly usable pot. Bury it in the ground when you plant and within two to three years it will have completely disappeared – the nutrients they provide will also help to nourish the soil for future plants.

• Bees are an important part of the global (and local) ecosystem, yet all over the world they are disappearing fast and in large numbers. Why not do your bit to help this important species out by keeping a few areas of your garden bee friendly – just sprinkle wildflower seeds randomly as allow them to grow as they will. Although remember to keep out weeds, as with the rest of your garden.

• Turn your garden into an ecological haven, and also help get rid of plant killing pests without resorting to dangerous chemicals, by hanging up a bird feeder. Birds not only look beautiful, they are among nature’s most efficient hunters and will act as a natural deterrent, keeping all kinds of common pests from your helpless plants.

• Lastly, but definitely not least, no garden can all itself eco-friendly without a compost heap! Simply create a pile of organic waste material: cardboard, leftover food (no dairy or meat though), vegetable peelings and coffee grinds are all good examples of what you can put in a compost heap. Leave the pile for several months in a shady corner of the garden and once it has compacted into a fine mulch, spread on your plants as a completely natural and non-chemical fertiliser. Compost heaps work wonders for the nutritional value of the soil in any garden, and you may be amazed at the results!

Don’t forget, there’s no need to do all the work by yourself, you can always call effective and experienced garden waste clearance company to help you with the waste removal!