The biggest trend this season is the Sustainable Garden.
If you’ve not up to speed on sustainability trends, don’t worry. This one is really easy to follow and it’s pretty easy to implement as well. In fact, you probably already do to one extent or another.
Here are some of the most common features of a sustainable garden:
- Firstly and most obviously, no chemical pesticides or herbicides. Here are some natural alternatives.
- Plant pollinator friendly plants that attract the bees, butterflies and birds. Here are some suggestions and here are some more..
- If you use lighting in your garden, make it solar, or at least LED
- Upcycle and recycle old garden and home items as garden decor. Recycle old pots with a new look. Check out some ideas here and here and here and here.
- Make your garden edible for humans as well as for birds and insects. Growing veggies and fruit and even edible flowers is a fun way to eat healthy produce without the chemicals and G.M.O. influences found in most store bought produce.
- Make use of storm debri. Instead of throwing away the broken branches and other debri from those storms and strong winds, collect them and use them for creating bedding borders and interesting garden pieces.
- In the same way you can use rocks to add interest to your landscape. In B.C. there are many places you can collect river rocks for special features in your garden.
- Green your vertical spaces. If have boundary walls, trellis or other upright spaces in your landscape, think about creating a vertical garden. Here are some ideas.
We hope that this has given you some great ideas to begin looking at your garden with new eyes! Have fun becoming a sustainable gardener – and remember that we are always available for help, advice and supplies!