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Plastic is probably not the first word that comes to mind when you think of your garden. However, the truth of the matter is that many of us use quite a bit of plastic when tending our outside space. Of course, as we know that plastic is bad for the environment at large, as well as any ecosystem in which it is placed, minimising its use should be a priority for all. Keep reading for some suggestions on how to create a plastic free garden below.
Make your own compost
Compost is a substance rich in nutrients and nitrates that can help your plants and flowers to grow. It is also something that can be purchased in large plastic bags unless you decide to make your own, that is?
The great thing about making your own compost is that it’s not only eco-friendly because it requires less use of plastic, but also because you get to use garden debris and kitchen scraps that would otherwise find their way into landfills. Indeed, DIY compost really is the best option for anyone looking to create an eco-conscious garden.
Skip the plastic pots
So many plants either come in plastic pots or need to be transferred to larger planters as they grow, many of which are also plastic. However, if you are looking to create a plastic-free garden there are other options available.
The first of these is to use paper planters that you can make yourself from recycled newsprint. There is even a special tool for crafting these and they are great for planting seedlings as they biodegrade as your plant grows.
Alternative for larger and more decorative containers why not try pots made from wood, metal, or terracotta. Where possible look for second-hand pots as well, as no new materials or plastic will be used in making or transporting them.
Choose wooden furniture
Another way that you can help limit the amount of plastic you use in your garden is to pick wooden furniture. The good news is that there are plenty of items to choose from such as these wooden deck chairs that would grace any outdoor space. It is even possible to source furniture pieces that are made from reclaimed items, or materials such as rattan that has been sustainably grown rather than rely on those plastic garden chairs that don’t weather too well.
Of course, taking proper care of your garden furniture is essential if you want to be eco-minded and get use out of them year after year. With that in mind, cleaning space in the garage or the shed is the best approach, as you can store your furniture there in the winter and protect it from the worst of the rain and frost.
Set up a gardening collective
Last of all, if you want to cut down on the amount of plastic you use in your garden, why not get together with like-minded neighbours and friends?
In particular, running an eco-garden cooperative can help you use less plastic as you can pool your resources and invest in good quality wooden or metal tools which can be shared on a rota system. This is something that means you can avoid buying cheap plastic tools that harm the environment and won’t be as sturdy or effective.