1000 Flowers for the Planet - #378 Create a Sustainable Garden
Whether we live in the desert of Arizona, the parched outback of Australia or the raining hills of Ireland, we all need to consider creating a sustainable garden – one that will thrive and survive in the conditions of the area it adorns. Native fauna will always be the most sustainable selection for you area. Planting with the future in mind will ensure your garden will last a long time. There’s no point planting a pine tree right beside a fence. You’ll only have to chop it down when it grows too big, and that’s not sustainable gardening.
Being truly sustainable means being organic by using methods that support what would occur naturally. Composting is one part of the process. Using rainwater by collecting it in rain barrels ensures quality water to feed your garden. Save seeds from fruit and vegetable crops, and from flower heads, to enable future plantings. Consider the design of your garden, ensuring plants receive the amount of sunlight or shade they require, and that they have the appropriate amount of space to achieve their likely size. Of course, don’t use any chemicals or pesticides. It means a return to more traditional gardening practices that will not only have you creating a sustainable garden, but probably enjoying the process a whole lot more too. A sustainable garden looks after you, the future, and our planet.