Sustainable Gardening

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Live simply by tending to your own sustainable garden! Be part of the movement to keep our planet a sustainable one for the next generations. Gardening has a lot of physical and mental benefits for the gardener, and it also promotes a healthier, simpler lifestyle.

Today, we’ll give you the most useful tips we’ve gathered to help you practice sustainable gardening.

Saving water

  • Irrigation Water Garden Summer WateringOscillating sprinklers aren’t always beneficial. Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation instead.
  • Place watering devices properly to prevent loss of water.
  • To keep the soil moist, mulch your garden beds.
  • Plant a rain garden or make a swale to help keep water in the soil and inhibit runoff.
  • Install a rain barrel that will gather rainwater for watering plants.
  • Set up a cistern that will collect water to be used for washing clothes, and other non-potable uses.
  • Get rid of hard surfaces in your landscape to enable water to filter into the soil and not proceed in storm gutters. If necessary, replace them with porous surfaces.
  • Never use the hose to wash off your deck, walkway, or driveway. Use a broom or an electric blower instead. Remember that gas-powered blowers create more pollutants.

Maintaining your plants

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  • Tolerate minor insect damage in your garden to avoid using pesticides all the time.
  • Use only well-reviewed, good back pack sprayers that are environment-friendly.
  • Apply fertilizers properly because fertilizer runoff can contaminate groundwater and streams.

Reducing fossil-fuel energy use in your garden

  • Pull the weeds by hand when possible.
  • If you need landscape lighting, place them only where it’s needed. Use solar-powered lights or LED lights if possible. Low-voltage lighting is safer for outdoor use and consumes less electricity too.

Dealing with waste in your garden

  • compost pile garden wasteSet up a compost pile so that you can return the valuable plant material to the soil in your backyard.
  • Never send plant-based garden waste to the landfills. It’s best if you support your local waste recycling program for the materials you cannot compost or use again in your yard.
  • As much as possible, avoid using any form of plastics in your garden. They’re not good for the environment and us humans. However, if using plastics is unavoidable, then make sure you reuse them along with clay and other pots in your garden. Again, don’t send them to a landfill. If a plastic pot can no longer be used, make sure you recycle them.
  • Use an electric chipper-shredder instead of a gas-powered one. Electric shredders lead to less air pollution than the latter.

And there you have it! Enjoy gardening!

5 TED Talks on Living with Less and Sustainable Lifestyle That Will Inspire You

Living with less may seem like a simple and easy thing to do. But wait until you start downsizing and realize that it could get tough in the beginning. Taking the minimalist road will push you to break through your comfort zone. It means making changes that may disrupt your life for a certain period of time. It takes some getting used to. And it may even take time for things to get easier. If you are thinking of pursuing simplicity and living with less, here are some of the best TED Talks from people who have lived through the experience by embracing the simple life.

Adam Baker: Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love.

“You need to define what freedom looks like in your life. You need to take steps starting today to realize that.” In this talk, Adam Baker shares a personal story of how he and his wife sold everything they owned, paid their debts, and traveled as a family. It provides a glimpse into the challenges and the perks of embracing a minimalist lifestyle and how it impacts personal finance and buying behaviors among others.

Amy Henion: What exactly is a ‘tiny house’?

The tiny house movement has been gaining ground across the world. There have been many stories of people choosing to live in small homes and owning less. Amy Henion explores how living in tiny houses may just be the answer to the freedom and security most people seek.

Angela Horn: The less you own, the more you have

This talk expounds the benefits of living with less and how it can improve your life. It takes a look into people’s attachment to things and provides perspective on how long do we truly care about the stuff that we own.

Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

In this thought-provoking talk, Graham Hill explains why owning less and taking up less space may be good for you. He shares three rules for editing your life, which may sometimes require doing it ruthlessly to live more simply.

The Minimalists: A rich life with less stuff

The duo behind The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, talk about minimalism in this inspiring video. They shared personal experiences on downsizing, living with less, and making room for everything that remains.