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Eco-Friendly Spring Gardening

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

The winter has certainly played a powerful last hand, putting many areas in America under blustery wind, snow and mayhem for way too long. If you were part of this Mother Nature onslaught, now you can finally breathe a sigh of relief and get gardening. If you were able to slide through winter in a warm environment then your gardening may already be in full swing. Either way, starting with or re-visiting green gardening practices may offer a big win.

These Eco-friendly spring gardening tips just might inspire, remind or simply educate you on simple ways your yard and garden can thrive without toxic chemicals or annoying pests. These are ways to embrace what the earth gives you rather than manipulate it into a manicured, synthetic imitation.

Stock Up on an Insect Army

There are ways you can encourage your garden visitors into becoming your gatekeepers as well. Due to the infestation of non-indigenous plants, many gardeners unknowingly put their plot in jeopardy.

This is a small list of the many ‘garden friendly’ insects you can attract to keep your precious flowers and vegetables healthy. Some of these insects can actually be purchased and mailed to your home is special containers where you simple set them free in your yard.

Ladybugs

The adult lady beetle is a friendly, colorful garden tenant that acts as an excellent natural pesticide. It eats aphids, mites, mealybugs, and their larvae.

Best plantings to bring ladybugs flying into your hood include:

  • Angelica
  • Coreopsis
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Yarrow

Soldier Beetles

Covered in a big orange helmet and coat of black armor across its back, the soldier beetle is aptly named. Although it is known for feasting on harmful as  well as beneficial garden pests, this beetle is an excellent aphid and caterpillar hunter. If you don't appreciate aphids, and you have lots of caterpillars that munch through important plants in no time, it may be worth having these beetles guarding your flora.

To attract the soldier beetle plant:

  • Catnip
  • Goldenrod
  • Hydrangea

Lacewings

These buzzing beauties have probably been on the receiving end of your swatting hand in the past but now you may think twice before you squash. Lacewings consume a nice menu of aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, scales, thrips, and whiteflies, helping to make your gardening consist of less labor and more love.

Give them something to fly to by planting:

  • Angelica
  • Coreopsis
  • Cosmos,
  • Sweet alyssum

The Right Mix

You probably know all about composting by now. However, if you still have a makeshift pile of smoldering, smelly scraps in a rotting box, obtaining the right equipment can be a huge relief.

There are all sorts of permanent to portable compost bins that can easily be setup in any location. This includes large bins for sprawling property to windowsill or under sink crank-able units for urban dwellers.

Remember to avoid composting processed foods, meat, fish scraps and bones, as they will attract unwanted pests. Always cover the top portion or mix into your compost pile hay, wood pulp, leaves or even shredded paper to keep smells and gases in tact.

Catch Some Drops

Setting up a rain catchment system will allow you to collect vast amounts of rainwater to maintain natural hydration rather than constant, municipally treated hose drenchings. These units can be installed inconspicuously or displayed as a crafted, wood, conversation starter. Plus, they conserve water, saving essential resources and putting a little money back in your pocket that, over time, will probably pay for your setup.

Companion Planting

In addition to planting more indigenous choices that will hopefully attract friendly pests, there are ways you can mix together certain species that have been known to help one another fight off surrounding threats.

Good companions include:

  • Onions and Carrots  -  The smell of onion helps discourage carrot root fly. The smell of carrots prevents onion fly.
  • Dill and Radish with Cucumber - Minimizes cucumber beetles, attracts good pests.
  • Tomatoes and Chives - The onion-like scent of chives helps reduce aphids (chive scent will not seep into the tomatoes)
  • Garlic and Rose - Garlic is a natural pest repellent.

 

Stick to Eco-friendly spring gardening so your creations stand tall and healthy on a planet thanking you for doing the same.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Pest Control, Your Garden, Your Green Home and was tagged with COMPOSTABLE, CONSERVES WATER, green gardening tips, ORGANIC, rain catchment

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