In Green in the Garden: Part I – Building from the Ground Up, we talked about ways to work with homemade compost and organic soil or mulch to help create a green garden. But what to put in that fresh soil and how to treat the plants? This time, we’ll share a few more tips to create a garden that will be both environmentally healthy and save you time and energy.
Use compost and mulch to help hydrate your plants and conserve your water supply while making sure your garden gets the precious moisture it needs. But when to water? Mornings are best because there’s less wind in the morning and the ground is still cool, causing less water to evaporate.
Grow several different kinds of flowers in order to encourage pollination from bees and butterflies. A good, diverse garden full of many native flowers is a great way to get pollination going. Why? Pollinators affect more than 25% of the world’s total crop production and significantly help the output of food crops.
All Natural Weed and Pest Killers
Concerned about avoiding pesticide sprays? Don’t worry, just hit the fridge. Mustard and water in a spray bottle can help get rid of bugs. Want to get rid of weeds? There are several homemade vinegar mixtures that can kill those weeds at the roots.