Spring is in the air, spring cleaning is being done and the urge to get out into the garden is overtaking everyone once again. Because getting out and gardening is one of the greenest things you can do, here are a few ways that your house can benefit from green methods.
Egg box seedlings
There are no doubt a lot of people out there who can remember nurturing little seedlings in egg boxes during their primary school years (it was usually cress). It worked well then and it works well now. The little holes provide the perfect place to grow a small seedling until it’s large and sturdy enough to thrive in a bigger pot, or even outside in the wilds of the garden.
Coconut husk and fibre plant pots
Coconut husk, or coir, is a gardener’s and environmentalist’s dream. It’s full of nutrients for new plants, it’s hard yet malleable enough to form a plant pot, and it’s completely biodegradable. They will stay hard for a good length of time while kept above ground and then, when the plant is large enough, everything can be placed into the soil. The pot safely disintegrates, providing nutrients for plants in the process and starting the cycle all over again.
Saving water and protecting plants
Water bottles are a big problem for the environment and recycling them in bins is one option. But you can save time and energy while doing your garden a favour by cutting the top off the bottle, turning it upside down and using it as a funnel to direct rain to the thirsty roots of dense potted plants. You can even combine the funnel with the bottle again to create a useful rain catcher for watering indoor plants or storing water until a dry spell. Bottles with the bottoms cut off can also be placed over young plants to protect them from late frosts. Just be sure to remove them afterwards to prevent heat stress and drying out.
Composting household rubbish
It’s hard to overstress the benefits of composting. It’s effective, it’s good for your plants and it’s good for the environment. Kitchen waste can be added to your garden heap, turning it into nutritious compost for growing plants, rather than letting it go to the tip. You’ll be preventing wasted energy during transport and preparation, as well as reducing the landfill itself. Shredded or torn up paper can also make a great addition to your compost heap, reducing your rubbish output further and bulking out the compost for longer lasting plant health.
Hundreds of old household items can be reused in the garden and a little damage or rust just adds a vintage feel. Kettles, old pans and chipped bowls can make pretty plant pot alternatives, while cans and jars can be used to hold tools, string and other things. Just make sure that they are all sturdy with no sharp edges, as safety should always be paramount.