Make your garden “greener”? Yep. You read that right! There are even steps out in your beautiful garden that can make the art of gardening better the environment! People never look at the petroleum based fertilizers, the plastic containers plants are sold in, and the number used for beds and sheds. There is a way to make a more earth friendly garden.
Here are 5 sustainable garden products to start with!
1) Organic Soils
There are many organic soil choices on the market. One brand that is highly recommended is Organic Mechanics. People like that this line does not use peat, and can be purchased for $10 for a 16qt bag. Dr.Earth is another line of soil that has gotten high regards. This line does not leave out peat in their formula, but doesn’t use sewage sludge or chicken manure in their mix. Contrary to what people may think organic soils are not just for container gardens, but for raised beds and when planting directly into the ground too.
2) Recycled Plastic Raised Beds
These plastic railroad ties are not only more environmentally friendly than lumber. THey are more durable and last longer. Within a few years of a lumber built raised bed they begin to deteriorate. The one negative with the plastic railroad ties that community gardeners are using require special equipment to cut them the perfect size. Several companies started offering raised bed kits for home gardeners that are made from recycled plastic. These are easy to assemble and come in a variety of shapes and heights. They range in price from $100-500.
3) Recycled Kneeling Pad
These products are made in the U.S.A. from old tires in the Midwest. Traditional kneeling pads are made too small for an adult to fit comfortably, and are made from flimsy plastic of foam that don’t hold up to the abuse of the garden. The Tube Pad is made from truck tire inner tubes and are large enough for an adult to kneel on comfortably while digging in the garden. You can purchase one for $20.
4) Water-wise Gardening
Runoff water is something that is very wasteful. The AquaFlower is a product that can help with this problem. It is made from 100% recycled water and soda bottle fibers and is designed to sit at the bottom of the pot. It keeps the soil in place in your container and conserves water by absorbing it. It then releases it back into the soil as it dries out. You can get a set of 2 for $6.00.
5) CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator
This tool is inspired by an antique garden tool that was invented and manufactured in the U.S.A. You can use it to dig out weeds, create rows for planting seeds and dividing and transplanting plants. The handle for this tool is made from 100% post-industrial recycled polypropylene and the strengthening fibers are 100% post-consumer recycled wood or flax fiber. This can be purchased for just $25, and is named “the best tool in earth”.I hope that these 5 products help assist you in your garden at home! These simple changes can truly help the earth.
I hope that these 5 products help assist you in your garden at home! These simple changes can truly help the earth.