November 12, 2020
5 tips to help you garden waste-free
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a proud new veggie patch parent (thanks iso), it can
be tricky to know where to start if you want to go waste-free in the backyard.
With summer just around the corner you’re going to be spending some time revitalising
your flower beds and keeping your fruits and veggies alive over the next few months, so
we’ve rounded up our 5 top tips for keeping things sustainable, eco-friendly and waste-free!
1. Replace products where possible
Not only are chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides often bad for your health, they’re
also not great for our environment. Limit the plastic container use and use up additional
waste by composting food scraps, landscape trimmings and leaves!
These natural resources can be used as soil amendments to boost your plants’ growth and
health (and they’re free!). If you’re looking to attract bees and butterflies to pollinate your
garden, try planting some wild lilac, goldenrod or lemon balm.
2. Watch out for natives
Waste isn’t just about containers and plastic bottles — it’s also about the plants! Australian
natives are beautiful, but you shouldn’t grow them just because you think you should.
Some natives are challenging to look after as they can be incredibly sensitive to their
environment. Our tip? Be confident that you can look after whatever you buy to avoid
having to watch your new plant baby die before your very eyes (not fun at all).
3. Recycle rainwater
Using water efficiently has a huge impact on the planet and recycling rainwater is one easy
way you can be more environmentally conscious in the garden. Simply find a rain barrel or
any kind of large covered container and place it directly below the gutter downspout
outside your house or block to catch rainfall.
Then you’re good to go — just fill up your watering cans with the rainwater collected!
4. Look for freebies
If a friend is sprouting seeds, chances are there will be extras! You can also often pick up
seedlings, cuttings and saplings from Facebook Marketplace or even some nurseries.
Get creative and look out for good deals to help your garden grow!
5. Go eco!
Snag some stylish tools while also saving the planet. Try looking out for terracotta,
biodegradable and compostable pots, rubber hoses (instead of toxic PVC ones), good quality
long-lasting trowels, weeding forks and secateurs and labels made of natural materials such
as wood or bamboo.
With these tips you should be set for summer! We hope we’ve inspired you to keep your
backyard as sustainable as the inside of your home — every little counts.
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