Organic, green, environmentally friendly gardening is something that can often put people off. However, partaking in environmental gardening cannot only be great for the outdoors, but also save you money on some chemical alternatives.
Reducing, reusing and recycling is not only good for the environment and your pocket, it is also a great way to get an understanding of the cyclical nature of the garden.
This left over is a great way of fertilising your garden and also saving on water, when you water your plants. Place a couple of inches around your plants to slow the evaporation of water into the ground, while feeding your plants.
Spending that little bit more on better more expensive equipment for your garden will often mean you can keep it for a few years, instead of purchasing items annually. By doing this you will save money in the long term, but also reduce the amount of waste and rubbish in landfills.
Hand tools are a more environmentally friendly choice than electric and petrol powered garden equipment. Spending a reasonable amount of money on good hand tools means they are often just as efficient as the motorised equivalent, mainly as blades and materials are stronger and sharper and so make work easier.
No-toxic weed killer and pesticides, as well as having an understanding of what bugs eat what can be something that has a significantly positive effect. For example ladybirds are great for killing green fly and worms fantastic for soil.
The traditional push mower is a quiet and charming alternative to the loud petrol choice and is 100 per cent emissions free. It is also great exercise and adds a workout to gardening.
Come the end of the summer do not rake leaves up around plants. Leave them there, they provide excellent mulch for the trees, or plants and strengthen them for the coming year. Why not even mix up some of your used ground coffee with them?
Never use slug pellets as these are terrible for the environment. Dogs, birds and children are well-known for eating these poisonous capsules and suffering severe effects. Use either salt, or bowls of beer to make sure snails don't eat your leafy greens. This is an easier and greener alternative to the former but still has the same effect.