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Five Easy Tips For An Eco Friendly Garden

April 26, 2010
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Author: Joe Barrios

As spring arrives gardeners will inevitably return to their yearly cycle of making their yards look beautiful for another season. It’s the perfect time for those of us with a green thumb to be thinking about the most eco friendly ways we can garden.

Here are five tips for gardening in a more environmentally friendly manner:

1) Start composting. Plants and flowers love compost, which delivers life-nourishing organic matter right where they need it most. You can create a compost pile in an out of the way spot in your garden, or you can use a container. Anything will do, from an old garbage can with a few holes in it to the fancy compost tumblers you’ll find on gardening websites. Once you’re set up, add your kitchen waste and backyard scraps to it, turn it every so often, wait a few months, and you’ll be rewarded with rich black compost that your garden will love. Best of all, you will keep tons of waste out of your landfill.

2) Set up rain barrels. Watering from the tap is a wasteful use of water, especially if it’s done inefficiently. Instead of doing that, why not collect extra rain water and hold it until you need it? You can collect huge amounts of water by placing large barrels under your gutter spouts–dozens of gallons’ worth, depending on the size of your barrel. Then, when the weather gets hot and dry you can release the water right when your plants need it the most, without having to open your house’s water tap. It’s a great way to save water.

3) Consider using drought-resistant plants. Did you know there are many beautiful plants out there that don’t require much water? It’s not just a cactus or succulent we are talking about here. Many blooming plants and shrubs can do just fine without a lot of extra water. The less water you use, the more can be replenished back to nature.

4) Make your garden hospital to wildlife. You can plant many different species that will draw tons of butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden, which are a delight to see. For your feathered friends, you can install birdhouses, water fountains, and bird feeders.

5) Try LED grow lights. If you are the type of gardener that grows your own plants from seeds, you are probably familiar with metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps. Unfortunately these lamps often use a lot of energy and emit lots of heat. LED grow lights are a very eco friendly alternative that use up to 80% less energy and are available in both blue and red varieties. That lets you find LED grow lights for the entire spectrum you need, from encouraging plant growth to inducing flowers.

Following these guidelines helps to ensure that your garden is maintained in the most earth friendly way possible. It’s easy to be green in the garden if you just watch what you do and you think about how energy, water and waste are being used.

Joe Barrios writes about eco friendly products at, where you can also read more about using LED growing lights for your garden.

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  1. April 30, 2010 9:31 pm

    dang nice story dude.

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