12 ways to Green Your Gardening
Gardening is a great way to get some exercise and connect with nature. Whether growing healthy food, cultivating beautiful flowers, tending tasty herbs, or creating an inviting landscape, here are some ways to practice environmentally friendly gardening:
Well-traveled supermarket vegetables can’t compete with fresh-picked tomatoes or corn on the cob raised in your backyard—either in taste or environmental impact.
Test your soil. If needed, add organic soil amendments or fertilizer.
Compost made from kitchen scraps and yard waste creates free "black gold" for garden plants.
Choose natural remedies and organic treatments for insect pests.
Choose natural remedies and organic treatments for plant diseases.
An effective watering system can save water, time, and money.
Mulches prevent weeds and conserve water.
Many natural or recycled items can be useful or decorative in the garden.
Choose plants and seeds appropriate for your climate: they'll grow better and require less water and fertilizer.
Using crop rotation in the vegetable garden enriches the soil and cuts down on diseases and pests.
Beneficial predators keep insects away from your home, garden, yard, or farm, thus eliminating the need for toxic pesticides that can harm people, pets, and the environment.
Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to weed control. Get a head start on eliminating weeds, and use natural remedies for weeds that have taken hold.