Sustainable gardening is a great way for elders to focus their productive energy on an activity that benefits not just themselves, but also their surroundings.
Studies claim that working in a garden not just offset age-related health issues, it also reduces the risk of diseases, builds strength, reduces depression, promotes sleep and helps maintain a positive and healthy environment. Planning to create your own garden at home and don’t know where to start? In this blog, we present the basics.
If you have access to a balcony, rooftop, terrace or patio – decide how much room you want to allocate to gardening. You need to observe your garden throughout to figure out which spot receives sunshine versus partial or fully shaded area. Check for spots where you can prevent plants from being harmed by strong winds. This kind of preparation will ensure the space allocated is safe and secure for gardening.
- Work With Your Local Climate
If you want your garden to flourish, you need to plant the right type of plants as per your local climatic conditions. Climatic factors strongly impact all stages and processes of plant growth; so, be sure to check soil and other factors influencing the seed's growth. Once you have confirmed that your plants will grow in your space, make sure you plant them at the right time of year.
Organic matter produced in your kitchen is one of the best sustainable fertilizers that you can use to nourish your plants. This is a much better alternative to synthetic chemicals. It adds nutrients, improves soil texture, and decrease soil erosion. Moreover, it helps reduce the overall carbon footprint, as you will be transporting less waste to landfills.
Use barrels/drums to store and use rainwater in the garden. Rainwater is excellent for plants since it has no chemicals such as fluoride and chloramines (chlorine). Depending on the size of the garden, the amount of water to be collected can be planned. This tip is beneficial if your location faces water shortage issues.
Consider Recycling and Repurposing Household Items to Use in Your Garden
If you have unnecessary items lying around in the house, get creative, and put them to use. Follow the below tips to decorate your garden using junk.
- Use recycled bricks, scrap wood, fall branches to create fences.
- Use wooden ladders, pipes, ropes, etc to create vertical planters.
- Use empty bottles, cans, baskets and cartons to plant nurseries
- Use stones, shells, marbles to decorate the garden, etc
Birds tend to keep away pests, snails, caterpillars, grubs, slugs, etc. Hence, make it a point to place bird feeders in your garden. Birds will not only protect your garden, but will also enrich the environment with their energetic chirping sounds.
Now that you know how to create your home garden, roll up your sleeves, put on your gardening gloves, and get to work! The activity will not only kill your idle time, but will also help you connect with nature.