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Gardening is, by nature, a green thing to do. And a bit of effort with recycling can make it even greener.

Recycling is a lifestyle for many, who strive to do whatever they can. For some, it goes beyond putting their cans and bottles and newspapers into the recycling bin. Your garden is another place where you can do some good and you can involve your kids, too, teaching them about greener living.

 

Water: Collect rainwater to water your plants instead of using water from the house and choose outdoor plants that thrive in drier conditions.  Do make sure you use it, though; standing water left too long will increase the mosquito population around your home!

Some people are also interested in setting up greywater systems, too. These systems use some of the wastewater from your house for purposes that save you on water.  A greywater system won’t use water from the toilet, of course, but will filter water from bathing and washing the dishes so you can use it outdoors and / or use it to flush toilets.

Carefully Recycle Green Waste: Instead of tossing yard waste from weeding, trimming, and cutting the grass into the trash, you can buy special bags for this purpose (don’t use plastic bin bags) and the garden waste will get recycled.  It can be processed and converted to biofuel. Yard waste may be collected at specific times of year in your neighborhood and you can also drop yard waste off at a local recycling centre.

Sort your garden waste carefully and be sure to follow guidelines for your area as different cities have different processes for what is done with the waste after it is collected.

Compost Instead: Instead of recycling your garden and other organic waste, why not use as much of it as you can yourself? After all, it’ll use up fewer resources (such as the trucks needed to pick it up, etcetera) if it’s used right at home.  And once you start, you’ll see the significant benefits when you have resulting rich and gorgeous soil to use in your gardening projects.

Here are some tips:

 

  • Set up a compost pile of organic waste (no meat or boners) such as vegetable and fruit clippings that can transform into rich and highly usable soil for flowers and vegetable gardens. You can buy a compost bin to keep everything contained or if your garden area is large enough, feel free to simply start a compost heap away from any buildings and remember to turn it over once a week.
  • Add your grass clippings to the compost pile. They will break down quickly.
  • Consider adding some worms to the pile and things will move even faster. If you have children, this will probably fascinate them and give them something else to do, too!

 

Gardening is fun (whether doing it for flowers and beauty reasons or for growing your own food), promotes fitness, and living in harmony with nature. Whether you hire someone to do your gardening and landscaping or you enjoy doing it yourself, you’ll reap great rewards from it!

About the Author:

Jen Byiers writes for Gardens Galore

 

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