Now is the time of year for some people to start thinking about the spring preparations for your Eco-garden. Mother Nature will kindly supply us with the sun and the rain, but it is up to us to take the proper steps in ensuring that our gardens are functioning in environmentally sound ways.
There are tips that are easy to follow, and it is a great step in the ‘greening’ of our world through our garden.
Water Conservation is the key to protecting one of our most natural resources
There are pressing issues when it comes to the water supply, most importantly being quality and quantity. In an Eco-garden, always make certain to use a drip line in the irrigation system. Also, using a barrel during the peak rain months to collect rainwater is another way to save and reuse.
When planning and installing an irrigation system, make sure the plans have appropriate drainage channels. When watering, remember to penetrate deeply into the soil. This reduces cuts down on the frequency of watering.
It is also important to remember to water at night or in the morning, especially during times of high temperatures. Another way to conserve water in your garden is to categorize your crops, and plant them depending on the need.
Some crops require more water than other, so it is wise to design the irrigation system depending specifications. This is best bed with raised beds. More on these in the next section.
Raised Beds for Optimum Green Gardening
The use of raised beds was most commonly used for land that had poor producing soil. These days, it is an environmental essential in the growth of your crops. These plant beds warm up sooner, making spring planting more realistic, especially in the colder climates.
There is also more control of the nutrients and textures of the soil, deeding on the specific needs of the crops, Raised beds can also provide the most environmentally sound irrigation systems.
Over watering and saturation can play havoc on crops during the first part of the life cycle. Installing a modified drip line into an existing or planned raised bed will decrease the need for additional watering.
One of the most important features in an Eco-garden is the right mixture of compost. The uses of compost are universal and is highly recommended. Not only is it environmentally sound, being a conditioner for the soil and erosion control.
Containing viable amounts of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and water, there are many items in our everyday uses that can be composted, even human urine. Manure, food scraps, and more can be mixed with lawn and vegetation debris to from the compost that will also increase the soils water-holding capabilities.
Compost is also essential for proper root development and stabilization. Mulching all the organic compost will also produce humus and discourage weed growth. There are many resources available for starting and maintaining your Eco-garden. For more information, check out detectenergy.com and your local home and garden store.