I’d like to discuss three eco-friendly ways to improve your home garden. Most of us want to improve our environment and that old saying, “Think globally and act locally” comes into play here. These practices help with environmental sustainability plus gardening burns about 250 calories an hour; so plan on spending a lot of time in your garden this year.
Soil quality is at the heart of every garden and each year we should think about how to improve the soil. Two environmentally friendly ways to improve soil are compost and biofertilizers. These are two gardening supplies that should not be overlooked. Ultimately, using compost helps the soil by adding organic matter. By producing your own compost, you add organic nutrients to the soil out of waste products that would have ended up in the landfill, helping on one.
Secondly, use biofertilizers to help improve your soil. Biofertilizers ultimately help plants get the most out of existing soil nutrients. Between using compost and using biofertilizers, most gardens have no need to add traditional fertilizers. This is not only an environmentally friendly way to garden, but it is also a sustainable and sensible way to garden.
When you eliminate the use of chemical insecticides, natural insect predators will return to your garden. The natural predators will take care of many of your insect problems. If you have a specific pest problem try use an eco-friendly pesticide like soap, or biologicals.
The idea of selecting appropriate plants is often overlooked. Every area has plants that thrive in the local climate conditions. Selecting these plants, will reduce the need to over care for your plants. This reduces your stress, as well as increases the potential for success in your home garden.
Bill Baugh is a product manager for Custom Biologicals, Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of innovative microbial products. You can visit their website at Living-Soils.com and he can be contacted at 561.797.3008 or Bill@Custombio.biz.