Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips

Backyard gardeners, it’s the first day of Spring and time to wake up from hibernation and start planning your garden. Here are some ideas that are friendly to the environment and your wallet.

Compostable cups as seedling starters:
http://www.cheapvegetablegardener.com/growing-seedlings-with-compostable/
Guess what we have plenty of in the Richmond office? Compostable cups! Please see Derek L. if you’d like to take some home.

Two-liter bottles as upside-down planters:
http://www.cheapvegetablegardener.com/2-liter-bottle-upside-down-tomato-planter/

Corks as plant markers:
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backyard-projects/diy-garden-projects/garden-diy-herb-markers/

Natural garden pest control mixtures:
http://www.ecolivingadvice.com/natural-pest-control-for-your-lawn-and-garden/

DIY compost bin made from used pallets:
http://www.ehow.com/how_6525347_build-compost-bin-using-pallets.html

All of these websites have tons of tips, so keep browsing for more great ideas. Happy gardening!

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One thought on “Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips

  1. We created a compost pile out of discarded wood pallets several years ago and have been very happy with the results. Here a few tips to go along with the eHow article:

    1) We obtained our pallets for free from the local solid waste transfer station / materials reclamation facility. Call before going to make sure they don’t have restrictions on donating these to residents. You are ideally looking for untreated pallets, non-painted pallets.

    2) Using a pallet for the base will provide slightly more aeration than simply using the ground, but isn’t necessary if you have a limited number of pallets.

    3) Wood screws will do a better job than wire of holding the sides together. We found it was helpful to attach the front with large snap rings so that it can be temporarily detached to remove the finished compost.

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