Green gardening | Natural Lifestyle magazine
Your garden can be a haven for wildlife, so why not take tips from the experts to turn your green space into an eco-friendly place?
As well as your garden being the ideal place to relax and top up your vitamin D, it can also be a fantastic area to allow wildlife to thrive. And so, Serenata Flowers is here to show you how your green space can be made even greener with these top tips.
- Plant pretty flowers – an easy tip for anyone to follow, plant some attractive flowers to encourage bees, butterflies and other wildlife into the garden. Bees are vital to the eco system and therefore all of us, so when considering what to plant next, why not try some honeysuckle, lavender or foxgloves? These will all help to attract bees and make your garden an environmentally friendly safe haven for our buzzy friends. Be sure to avoid using pesticides as these are harmful to the garden’s natural inhabitants.
- Collect rainwater – it wouldn’t be a British summertime without a little rain so put the British weather to good use by purchasing a butt or use a large container to collect the rainwater from your downpipes when the downpours inevitably start. In the days to come, the water collected can then be used to care for your plants, conserving water but still giving your shrubbery the refreshing drink it needs after a sunny day. While conserving water, try to avoid using the hose and sprinklers and invest in a trusty old watering can.
- Feed the birds – a great way to attract more birds to your garden is to simply put out food. Hanging a bird feeder from a tree or scattering bird seed over the lawn will have your garden filled with bird song in no time – but why not go one step further and create a bird feeder from scratch? There are plenty of resources online that demonstrate ingenious ways to create a bird feeder at home, using recycled materials such as plastic bottles, glass jars or scrap wood. While you’re at it, why not get creative in the kitchen and bake some tasty bird treats to hang up in the garden?
- Grow your own veg – if you’ve got some spare time on your hands, or perhaps are looking for an activity to do with the kids, starting your own vegetable patch could be the perfect solution to keep busy and start feeling green. Not only will growing your own veg be an entertaining task, it will cut down your CO2 emissions and packaging wastage. Home grown vegetables are often more nutrient-rich and pesticide-free, so you can’t go wrong.
- Upcycle – it can be tempting to buy all the newest outdoor furniture when hot days roll around, however, there are plenty of great items at your disposal already – they might just need a little love and attention. Nip to your local hardware store and buy some sandpaper and paint, give that tired old garden bench a rub down and a fresh lick of paint, and it’ll feel brand new in no time. Alternatively, take a spin around the local charity shops to see if there’s any furniture you can repurpose, such as wooden chairs or tin baths for the birds. This is a great way to donate to a good cause while giving pre-loved items a new home.
- Make your own compost – food waste bins are becoming increasingly common across the UK, with most councils now offering them as standard, but don’t simply leave your food waste to be collected by the bin men. Over time, food waste breaks down to form a wonderful compost that will do wonders for your garden plants. Use all the decomposable leftovers from your meals to feed the plants and flowers in your garden – from peas and beans and to egg shells and banana skins, these unwanted scraps are the elixir of life for your garden. More natural than shop-bought compost and a great way of reducing landfill waste, making your own compost is an easy way to save the environment while saving money on the upkeep of your garden.