We love feeding the birds in our garden and creating a healthy environment for them to thrive. I suspect that what we give to them, they give back to us in ways that we don’t yet fully understand.
So I was very happy to see this guest post with tips for creating a self-sustaining garden – especially since one of the tips involves being mindful of local wildlife.
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Transforming Your Garden to Sow the Seeds of Self-Sustainability
Many people are embracing the concept of self-sustainability because it saves money, it saves the Earth’s resources, and it just feels good to be more self-reliant. Your garden can be the gateway to becoming a self-sustaining household, but where do you begin?
Here are four little ways that can make a big impact.
1. Get A Rainwater Tank
Harvesting rainwater is an ages-old concept. By installing a rainwater collection system, you will be able to save on water during the summer. If you live in an area that’s prone to rising temperatures, you can easily get a medium to large size rainwater tank such as the R22700 Litre/5000 Gallon Upright Rainwater Tank to collect rainwater. A rainwater tank is a simple investment that saves money on water bills – and it’s the very definition of sustainability.
2. Make Your Own Compost
Instead of putting your yard waste out for the garbage collector, put it to work in your garden. Having a compost bin is a fantastic way to create your own rich (and cost-free) soil amendment. You can transform vegetables, garden clippings, wool, cotton, and even paper and cardboard, into a nutritious soil topping for your planting beds.
3. Grow Your Own Herbs and Vegetables
Of course, if you want to be self-sustaining, you’ve got to grow your own herbs and vegetables. You may not need a greenhouse to get started. Most herbs, and some vegetables, can be grown in either beds or containers. Fresh herbs make meals more interesting, and growing vegetables can help you become self-sufficient in endless ways. You can pickle and freeze vegetables.
Fruit and berries can be rewarding to grow as well. If you’re able to grow raspberries, for instance, you can make raspberry jam.
It’s best to start small and be realistic about the amount of time you are able to devote to growing herbs and vegetables.
4. Think About Local Wildlife
Whether you realize it or not, your garden has its own little ecosystem – and all sorts of creatures are relying on it. You can help wildlife by providing fresh water in bowls or birdbaths – and by making your own bird feeders. Shrubs and trees can give birds a place to nest. Wait until nesting season is over before pruning trees and shrubs that birds might be nesting in.
You can also help bees by planting the right flowers. People don’t always think about how they can help bees, but it’s amazing to learn just what they do for us in ways that we don’t consider until we start to focus on our gardens.
Becoming self-sustaining helps you to get an understanding of wildlife and what you can do to help maintain the planet in your own little way. The perfect starting point is, quite literally, in your own back yard.
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