Guest post by Ali Lawrence
Are you a member of the going green bandwagon? It’s true that sustainability is all the rage these days, but there are a great many advantages to deciding to do so, especially for a home garden. So what is sustainable gardening? A sustainable garden isn’t just organic – it’s also about being smart with the materials and techniques you use. It’s about being in harmony with nature and making sure your impact on the planet is positive instead of negative.
Now it’s easier than ever to bring those sustainable ideas to your own backyard – or even your balcony. All you need are a few tips and tricks that can help you maximize space, get the right materials and modify how you garden.
1 – The Design of Your Space Is Key
Whether you have a sizable yard in the country or a small space in your walk-up apartment, having a sustainable garden is still possible. You can make use of reclaimed wood to build a raised bed or bin for your compost pile. If you’re in tight quarters, you can try out an innovative and cool vertical garden – which you can add your own personal touch to.
Check out this slide deck for a few ideas on sustainable garden designs.
2 – Make Sure to Test Your Soil
Once you’ve nailed down your idea, you need to see what kind of dirt you have to work with. Don’t worry: This isn’t a complicated task, you can buy an inexpensive test kit at your local garden store. Why is testing your soil important? The alkalinity or acidity of your soil will dictate what kind of natural fertilizer and compost your garden will need to thrive.
Certain plants, like blueberries, prefer acidic soil, while others grow best in a pH-balanced environment. If you’re vertical gardening, it’ll be more important to know what plants you want, so you can fill your planters with the right type of potting soil.
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