10 tips for more sustainability in the garden

A sustainable garden? Isn’t that difficult to implement! We’ll show you 10 suggestions that everyone can do.

Sustainability is on everyone’s lips – and rightly so, it will continue to play an important role in the future. We too can live sustainably with small and large decisions. And which area of ​​life is better suited than our favorite place: the garden. It is a living space, a feast for the eyes and a place of relaxation at the same time and can be made more sustainable with a little change. 10 suggestions for you.

Sustainable garden – 10 tips for gardening

How does a sustainable garden succeed? We have a few ideas with which you can specifically implement sustainability in your private piece of nature!

1. Consciously use water

Sustainable garden: child in front of a full rain barrel

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Turn the tap on or let a lawn sprinkler do the work, that is certainly practical and time-saving in many ways – but unfortunately not very sustainable. Because the water from the tap was processed in a complex process, a sensible alternative for the garden is a rain barrel (or if you are not afraid of the costs, you can create one cistern at). The rainwater can be used to irrigate beds and gardens at very sunny and dry times.

2. Peat-free potting soil

Hobby gardeners often cannot avoid getting potting soil. But this is often enriched with peat, which is extracted from raised bogs – and unfortunately that is not at all good for our environment. This disrupts the ecosystem and releases large amounts of CO2. According to NABU, around a third of the ten million cubic meters of peat in Germany are used by hobby gardeners. Experts estimate that the stocks will be exhausted in 50 years and the species-rich ecosystem will be destroyed if peat mining in Germany continues as before. So if Potting soil, then preferably peat-free!

3. Native plants

Sustainable garden: Roter Fingergut in the garden

Roter Fingergut is both a poisonous and medicinal plant – and a beautiful eye-catcher in a sustainable garden.

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Cultivated flowers often enchant us with their beautiful sight. Often, however, such beauties require a lot of care and are prone to illnesses. Those who do not want to do without the beautiful flowers, for example a rose, can choose from a small but fine selection of local game species, such as B. the beagle rose. The native wild roses are more robust in drought and less susceptible to disease than their bred counterparts.

Native trees are z. B .:

  • Common yew
  • woodapple
  • Hornbeam

Native shrubs:

  • hazelnut
  • Cornelian cherry
  • Red currant
  • Common juniper

Native perennials / annuals:

  • Sedum plant
  • Red thimble
  • Corn poppy

The native plants also have another effect … for more on this see point 7.

You should definitely have these medicinal plants in your garden

4. Sustainable purchase of plants

The plants themselves are just as important as the right potting soil. Raised quickly in the greenhouse and with chemical protective agents, they are usually anything but sustainable. The best way to avoid this is to rely on organically grown plants.

5. Put on mixed culture

Anyone who creates a vegetable garden should take the principle of mixed culture to heart. What’s behind it? There are varieties that complement each other perfectly and every hobby gardener should use that for himself. This is how some plants help each otherby, for example, keeping pests or diseases away from neighboring plants or promoting their growth.

Sustainable garden: 10 tips for more sustainability

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Learn more about self-sufficiency here.

6. Note crop rotation

In addition to the mixed culture, the crop rotation is essential for a sustainable garden, because the soil is used in the best possible way. Monocultures, i.e. the same types of plants over and over again, promote disease and lead to decreased fertility. It makes more sense Planting plants one after the other according to their nutritional needs. One speaks of strong, medium and weak consumers. The crop rotation begins with high eaters, as they need the most nutrients, followed by medium and finally low eaters.

7. Attract animals

A biodiversity in the garden does not only apply to the flora. Wherever pests appear, beneficial insects also belong to the green cosmos … These include, for example, wild bees, bumblebees, birds and earthworms. With a Wildflower meadow, other bee-friendly plants or nesting boxes you get them natural pest controller in the garden.

8. Use natural fertilizer

Fertilizer improves the nutrient content of the soil, which in turn benefits the plants. Chemical fertilizers are not very sustainable, so ideally you should use a natural variant for your garden: the compost.

With it you supply the soil and get rid of annoying kitchen and garden waste!

Sustainable garden: compost heaps

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Tip: Do you already know the worm box? This means that you can also compost in your own home …

9. Domestic woods

Nowadays a lot is made of plastic: it is cheap, durable and with such properties has long since achieved its triumphant advance into our everyday lives. What at first seems to have many advantages is in the end a major disadvantage for the environment. A significant part of our rubbish ends up in the sea, where a shopping bag takes about ten to 20 years, a plastic bottle about 450 years to be broken down – not a nice thought.

Friends of the outdoor room with furniture made of wood are better advised: In the garden, wooden furniture or a wooden terrace not only look better, they also fit in with a sustainable lifestyle. It makes sense to do without tropical woods with long transport routes and instead use durable local woods, e.g. B. oak.

Also a Raised bed is ideally not made of plastic but made of wood. Here we show you how you can fill a raised bed.

10. Upcycling

Some things we bought a long time ago, maybe they were used a few times – and now they’re lying around unused and may end up in the trash at some point. Too bad that valuable resources have already been used up and things are now being carelessly thrown in the garbage can. Fortunately, there is a plan B for that! With upcycling you give sorted objects a second life: an old wooden box becomes a flower pot, an old teapot becomes a watering can, etc.

By the way: in ours BRIGITTE Community you can exchange ideas with others about the garden and flora.

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