How to “Green” Your Garden

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With spring just around the corner, lots of gardeners are just itching to get back out there! While the ground may still be a little bit too hard to do any real gardening just yet, now is a great time to consider: how will you make your garden “greener” this year?

1. Choose the right plants

Aside from choosing plants that are native to your region, you can also choose to plant seeds and seedlings that have not been treated with a pesticide. Gardeners should be especially wary of buying any plants that have been treated with neonicotinoids, which have been shown to contribute to the declining bee population.

2. Companion planting

Some plants grow best when planted with certain other plants. Practicing companion planting is a great way to get the best out of your garden and reduce the risk of pests and diseases.

3. Encourage good insects

Some insects can be bad for your plants and garden, but you want to encourage bees, earthworms and ladybugs. You can do this by planting native plants and avoiding harmful pesticides.

4. Compost

Why throw out your food garbage when you can turn it in to rich, money-saving soil? Composting is a great option no matter what your living situation, as there are small-space compost options out there as well as the traditional backyard compost bin. Not only will you get healthier plants and more delicious vegetables, but you will contribute less waste to landfills.

5. Avoid pesticides and herbicides

We’ve mentioned above that pesticides can be harmful to the good insects you need in your garden, but did you know they can also be harmful to you and your family? Some pesticides contain carcinogens, so if you want to eliminate the risk, it’s best to avoid them altogether.

6. Make sure you aren’t using too much water

Water conservation is important in all areas of our lives, and this is also true in gardening. Throughout the summer, consider any watering limits the city has in place, and consider investing some time into your own rain-collection system. Planting some drought-resistant plants is also a great option for saving water.

There are so many little things you can do to make your Kitchener area garden green!


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