Across the UK, eco groups are taking initiatives to boost sustainable gardening practices at a micro and macro level. Domestic gardening, which accounts for 18% of all urban landscapes in the UK, offers a major opportunity to promote healthy ecosystems in areas damaged by air pollution. To cultivate an eco-friendly garden, hobby gardeners can take a range of steps that protect their local environmental while yielding a beautiful landscape.
Harvest Your Produce
One direct way to boost sustainability in local gardening is to plant a mix of fruits, vegetables and herbs in your garden. The decision is a cost-beneficial one: emerging research on gardening practices shows that even a small produce bed saves consumers an average of £268 a year. In addition to saving money, harvesting produce reduces the likelihood that you may accidentally ingest unhealthy pesticides from the grocery store. At a macro level, produce gardening reduces the waste accrued by big farming companies while promoting healthy ecosystems locally.
Sustainable Swimming Pools
Pools and other water structures are often overlooked as a major contributor to unhealthy gardening practices. In particular, swimming pools yield five times more water waste while damaging local plants with the harsh chemicals needed to keep the water clean. To minimise ecological impact of swimming pools, use a pool cover, which lessens water evaporation by 95%. You can also mix bromine with your chlorine solution, which is less caustic than using chlorine alone.
Compost For Healthy Nutrients
Everyone knows composting is a great way to limit waste from the kitchen, but not everyone takes advantage of the benefits composts offer for home gardens. You can use your compost as a nutrient solution to help promote growth in hedges and garden shrubs native to the UK. To maximise the benefits of your compost, place it in a burlap sack and allow the solution to steep in water for a week Then, “brew” your tea solution by letting it steep in water for a week before using the mixture in a spray bottle on your soil.
The future of hobby and domestic gardens in the UK is, in all odds, a sustainable one. As science rapidly expands eco-friendly opportunities for growing healthy landscapes, hobby gardeners can take advantage of easy opportunities to make their gardens more sustainable for future land practice.
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