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If you have land no matter the size put it to good use by having a garden. Having a garden will cut down on your grocery bill and you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your fruits and veggies came from and how they were cared for.
Don’t have land? No problem! Put your windows to good use and have an indoor garden!
Gardening sustainably is using your lands resources at any capacity.
Set up water collection tanks to use for watering your garden, and other plants or trees. This is great for plants because rain water doesn’t contain chemicals or fluoride like tap water does.
Don’t trash food scraps
Did you know you can regrow certain veggies??
You can! Not only is this cost effective, it’s sustainable and a great way to get your garden started!
Get my free regrowing guide in my resource library here.
Extra carrot heads, garlic bases + skins, celery ends, onion butts + skins make great additions to stocks and bone broth.
Once they have been used throw them into your compost bin.
Also Read: Simple ways to reduce food waste
Coffee grounds can be used as a fertilizer for acidic loving plants. Egg shells can be roughly crunched and used around garden beds to detour pests and animals.
Compost your food scraps and organic materials. Egg shells, coffee grounds and avocado skins are ones that come mind that I use everyday.
When the organic material breaks down you’ll be left with nutrient rich soil to use in your gardens.
Don’t burn your leaves in the fall. Collect them for compost! Read my post about that here.
Make your garden bee friendly
Bee populations are diminishing. Help them out by making your garden bee friendly. Plant flowers such as Lavender, Rhododendrons and clover in your garden to attract them. Put up bee houses like this one or this one to keep them around.
Bee houses are great for native bees. In the summer months they will lay eggs inside them and pack them tight with mud. In the cool fall/winter months put the house inside your shed or garage to keep the eggs safe from the cold. Around March/April put the house back outside. The baby bees will eat their way out. Keep doing this to help keep the populations up!
Don’t use chemicals
Pluck weeds or use a natural weed killer of vinegar, dish soap and salt.
Use natural pest deterrents on plants and vegetable gardens.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) kills parasites and insects with exoskeletons such as cockroaches. Just make sure to buy food grade so that it won’t harm your kids and pets!
My favorite pest deterrent is 1 Tbsp Castile Soap and warm water. Place it in a spray bottle and use on plants to get rid of aphids, spider mites and other pests!
Dandelions are one of the healthiest herbs that we all have growing in our yards for free! Don’t kill them off! Check out my post on how to use them here.
Sustainable gardening is great for the environment, your health and the critters who call your land home.