Throughout the world people are discussing the concept of sustainability and it has become a catchword in various industries and for several things. In this article we will be looking at gardening in New Zealand and the ways you can set up a sustainable garden for you, your family and your community to enjoy.
What counts as sustainable gardening?
An easy way to start is to pick a variety of different plants which do not require a lot of water like traditional garden plants. By selecting plants that thrive in drier conditions you will reduce your water consumption and save fresh water. You can also save grey water (i.e. water from your dishes, laundry or shower) to use for watering non-edible plants.
Native New Zealand plants are actually ideal for sustainable gardening and grow extremely well. Another good tip to save fresh water is to cut your lawns slightly longer than how it is traditionally done in New Zealand. Finely cut short lawns require a lot of watering. Cut your lawns at least up to five centimeters and they will remain greener for a longer period of time without the need for watering.
Other sustainable gardening tips
- Mulching also has a lot of advantages for your garden. It adds nutrients to your soil and helps sustain the soil moisture since it covers the soil up. Also, mulch is typically organic matter that has undergone processing (not dumped in a landfill). Therefore, mulch has several sustainability benefits when used in gardening.
- Composting is also a technique to achieve sustainability in gardening. You can easily prepare a heap of compost for your garden at home. This can be done by composting the garden rubbish, pruning and weeds and you don’t have to transfer this matter to a landfill. Once composted, they end up making a brilliant additive or mulch for the garden which promotes the healthy growth of plants.
- We benefit the environment when we grow our own vegetables. When you grow your own vegetables, you obviously eat healthy fresh produce. Also, you end up saving on fertiliser, transport expenses, fuel, insecticides etc. You need some basic tools to help you get started with planting your own vegetables and you can install a tool shed or kitset shed (made of steel) to store all your essential gardening equipment.
- The use of fungicides and pesticides is one of the most controversial subjects in gardening and farming. Both these types of chemicals have the potential to kill both bad and good insects as well as fungi. The organic gardening movement is gaining popularity because of this. This is the reason why organic foods demand a premium price compared to non-organic foods. You can easily eliminate or reduce the use of such chemicals in your home garden by using healthy soil. You can create healthy soils with the addition of good quality compost to your soil.
Sustainable gardening makes obvious sense in today’s fragile world of extreme climate changes and consequent environmental damage. And doing this in your home’s backyard takes minimal effort. An increasing number of gardeners in New Zealand are discovering that each tiny step helps in creating an eco-friendly, sustainable garden which not only takes care of your plants but benefits the entire planet as well. Adopting the sustainable gardening approach will help you build a garden which you can admire, enjoy and also eat in the long run!
When setting up your sustainable garden, make sure you use one of the modern tool sheds available in New Zealand to keep your equipment organised. Riverlea Group is an established supplier of New Zealand-made outdoor products, including wooden garden sheds. Visit their website at www.riverleagroup.co.nz to view their wide range of outdoor furniture items and garden sheds. You will soon find one that suits your taste and budget!