We heard a lot about gardening, have we ever thought about sustainable gardening? Gardening is practiced for many reasons. Few individuals indulge in the practice as a hobby, few like growing vegetables and fruits to meet their needs, few like beautifying their surroundings. Whatever might be the reason, plants are the green soldiers responsible for existence of many species. Why are we talking about sustainable gardening? Most of us know the meaning of sustainable, which encircle all the aspects of human endeavors. As the green cover is reducing day by day, it is our responsibility to protect and improve the green cover to build a clean and peaceful environment. While most of the countries are involving into various projects that improves the planets green line, I Sanjeet Singh Veen take up this sustainable gardening in support to develop greenery around by surroundings. Are you with me? If yes, here are few things that will help you build sustainable gardens for better future.
Most of us live in communities or townships that may not have a garden structure. If not try, planting drought resistant samplings that might require less care and grow fast. The basic sustainable gardening practices include:
Composting: we are very much dominated by modern techniques that we hardly concentrate on organic techniques that can be more easy and sustainable. Composting is a very old practice, which can be practiced in small area. If your township, housing community has any unused land, take small part of it to create compost beds. Composting is not only good for your soil but for your family as well. Gardens, which are treated with compost, have healthy growth of plants and vegetables enriched with proteins and vitamins. On the other hand, composting helps in the growth of plants friendly pets and insects, which indeed help in increasing the biodiversity of birds and many other species.
Conserving water resources-, the main element of growing a garden is to use the unwanted water, wastewater, or unused water of the household. You can direct your kitchen water towards the gardens, which will minimise the water usage. Also, utilise rainwater-harvesting systems, rain barrels, which can direct the roof top water towards a particular area of plants or towards a place where the water gets collects. If possible, create small pits or cement ponds where rainwater can be collected and used for watering the plants in gardens.
Native plant cultivation-Instead of trying exotic varieties in your gardens, try concentrating on native plants. Native plants can grow five times faster than the exotic plants. Importantly, if we concentrate more on exotic plants, our land may lose he tendency to grow the native plant populations, resulting them to be listed in endangered species. On the other hand, a healthy ecosystem cycle can run accordingly only when native species are encouraged.
Plan sustainable garden designs– A sustainable garden designs is a result of resource conserving principles. These principles involves, seed collection and preservation, crop rotation, soil pits etc. Seeds collection helps to restore a specific plant species from being endangered. Crop rotation helps in improving the soil quality. You might be surprised to know that sustainable garden required less maintanance when compared to unsustainable gardens.
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