Making little changes in your garden can significantly benefit its productivity. Eco-fitting is the updating of existing elements of your garden space and the addition of new ones to make it more self-sustaining and less wasteful. The eco-fitting ethos is to reuse and recycle to transform a dull and lifeless garden into a productive and planet-friendly area. It enables the garden to become a self-sufficient space, reliant on renewable sources of energy and a friendlier place to wildlife.
It is important to remember that you do not have to undertake an eco-fit all at once; you can start off small and let your ideas grow as your eco-friendly garden begins to blossom. Simply growing more flowers to attract pest-controlling insects can give immediate results and boost biodiversity within the garden.
Strategic planting can help to ward off pests. Companion planting, where two or more plants are grown close together, can prevent one crop being destroyed by pests or disease. The implementation of a vegetable plot can revitalise the lawn into a decorative kitchen garden.
Wildlife & Habitats
Encouraging wildlife is a fundamental feature to making a garden eco-friendly and adding habitats creates a beneficial garden ecosystem. Welcome friendly bugs, such as ladybugs and lacewings, which eat insect pests that destroy crops. To achieve this, plant bright flowers such as sunflowers and marigolds to attract the bugs and create places where they can shelter and lay eggs. Invite birds which eat slugs, snails, grubs, caterpillars and other pests that destroy plants into the garden by putting up bird feeders and nesting boxes.
Sunlight is a practical way of turning a garden into an eco-friendly space. For example, a lean-to greenhouse warms up as it absorbs sunlight energy, in turn creating a space to grow edible and decorative plants. Using solar panels can charge batteries to operate shed and landscape lights. Judging by the ever-changing weather, it is also important to harvest rainwater and use it resourcefully. Rainwater from the roof of a greenhouse or shed can be stored in attached recycled plastic water butts.
There are a variety of products available on the market, but it’s also a great opportunity to get inventive and create your own. Deterring formidable pests, such as slugs and snails, from entering a garden space will ensure it is kept productive and flourishing. Use a band of copper, water-displacement spray or petroleum jelly around containers or slug pellets that are not harmful to wildlife or children as reliable methods of control. Setting up traps is an effective way of catching garden pests. Sticky yellow sheets are great for flying insects. To catch slugs, sink yoghurt cups filled with milk or beer into the ground.
Composting is another efficient way to make your garden more eco-friendly. When setting up a compost bin, it is important to make sure it’s in a warm, partly sunny site on top of some soil. All garden and kitchen waste can also be composted in recycled wooden bins and then returned to the garden to improve the soil.
Using recycled materials is a really important attribute of an eco-fitted garden. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s also cost-effective. All kinds of everyday packaging and old plastic and wooden containers can be recycled into pots for plants.