How to Go Green in Your Franklin Home’s Garden
Even though we’re in August and the fall season is upon us, it’s never too late in the year to go green in your garden. While you might already be practicing eco-friendly practices, such as recycling and bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store, you can also apply this mindset to your garden. Here are a few ways that you can go green in your Franklin home’s garden.
Choose smart containers.
Opting for reusable containers in your garden instead of purchasing new containers is a wonderful way to be more eco-friendly in your garden. There are numerous “green” containers that you likely already have in your home! From egg cartons to milk jugs and Mason jars, these vessels are excellent for starting new plants from seedlings or for small indoor plants such as succulents. If you really want to go green in your Franklin home, you can craft containers from old newspaper to start seedlings, then transplant these directly into your garden when they’re ready. Newspaper is nontoxic and will break down into your soil.
Save on water.
While you can surely save on your water usage when it comes to watering your garden by watering less frequently and in the morning hours so that it’s better absorbed due to less heat, you can also utilize good old fashioned rain. Rainwater is excellent for your Franklin home’s garden as it’s pure water without all of the added chemicals found in tap water. You can catch rainwater by simply placing containers outside when you’re expecting a downpour. You can also install a rain barrel where your downspouts are located; just be cautious that you’re not allowing water to escape the barrel causing flooding around your home.
Opt for eco-friendly pest control.
When it comes to pest control and using pesticide for your Franklin home’s garden, you can go green in these areas as well. Instead of your typical Roundup, try neem oil, which is an oil extracted from the neem tree, to deter and poison pests and stop their growth cycles altogether. Just be wary of using it too much as you don’t want to deter healthy beneficial insects such as spiders, ladybugs and ground beetles. If you have mammals, such as squirrels, rabbits or birds, getting to your garden, try using a loose fine net over your plants to protect them from pests while still allowing them to grow. Another great way to deter pests is by planting smarter! Companion planting is beneficial as certain plants can produce natural insecticide when planted in proximity to other plants. This is why you might have heard to plant basil near tomatoes or garlic among other vegetables.
Make your own fertilizer and soil.
To take going green in your garden to a whole new level, you can make your own fertilizer. Making your own fertilizer is about as simple as collecting your kitchen scraps, fallen leaves and lawn clippings. While you can select an area off to the side of your garden to do this (just don’t use kitchen scraps or you will attract pets and pests), it might be better for you to begin composting. With composting, you have a separate container located outside of your home where you can place your food scraps (vegetable peelings, coffee grounds and eggshells), lawn clippings and leaves to ‘cook’ down into a rich fertilizer or ‘black gold’ as gardeners often refer to compost as this.