1000 Flowers for the Planet - #394 Be an Eco-Gardener
Being a gardener is often found to be a rewarding pastime for many people. Others just like to enjoy the visual beauty of the garden. Flower #278 suggested creating a sustainable garden so let’s take that further by adding some eco elements to the organic, pesticide free, seed saving practices of the sustainable gardener. Gardens usually have other elements in them besides the plants, trees and shrubs, such as footpaths, fences, edgings for garden beds, statues, water features, decks, seats and all the tools that are used to maintain them. Aim to be environmentally friendly and think of the planet when adding these manmade elements to your garden. Consider products made from recycled materials, including any statues or garden art you choose. Use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), or the equivalent in your country, timber products for furniture and decking. Try to reduce the amount of plastic used in your garden, including any tools such as watering cans, rakes, trimming saws, shovels and secateurs etc which have many non-plastic alternatives available. Use a galvanised metal tank for rainwater collection instead of a plastic one. There are many ways in which we can take care of our planet through conscious effort, the garden being just one. Be an eco-warrior!