CREATING A SUSTAINABLE GARDEN

By Steve Tonks, General Manager at Boningale Garden Creations

Sustainability is a buzzword that you have probably heard quite a lot over the past few years – it’s all about being green and reducing the impact you have on the environment in your day-to-day lives.

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And there’s no better way to begin your greener lifestyle than by changing some of your gardening habits – and it’s so easy to do. For a regular domestic garden, here are our top six tips to creating a sustainable garden:

  1. Compost your garden waste, vegetable and fruit peelings and used teabags. Letting these rot down will create nutrient-rich humus that will help to feed your plants and shrubs.
  2. Don’t let those falling leaves go to waste: bag them up, punch a few holes in the bags and within a few months you’ll be rewarded with leaf mould, which is a superb soil conditioner.
  3. Gardens usually need a lot of water, so it’s a good idea to catch the rainwater in butts and use the fall-off around the garden when we have those all-too-welcome warm, dry weeks. You can buy them in different sizes to suit your needs.
  4. Reduce or omit all together chemicals that tackle pests and diseases. There are always organic alternatives and they work just as well, without contaminating the soil.
  5. Reduce your carbon footprint by growing your own fruit and veg. You don’t need an allotment or a smallholding to do this – grow salads in small tubs, plant herbs in pots and even plant some veggies, such as chard and beans, alongside your flowers in the borders. Window boxes, patios and windowsills are all ideal for lovely home-grown produce.
  6. Make your garden a haven for beneficial insects by creating a bug hotel. You don’t have to spend a fortune on buying insect houses, just use a space at the back of the garden and pile up some logs and let them rot down, or cut down lengths of hollow bamboo and tie them together. They make perfect homes for creepy-crawlies.

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If you need any further information or want to seek professional advice from our award-winning garden designers please visit www.boningale-garden-creations.co.uk or call me on 01902 376500.