It’s the 1st April which officially means the beginning of Spring! With the clocks going forward last week giving us more daylight hours, it’s the perfect time to get out in the garden and start planting your bulbs and seeds. Whether you have an urban garden, balcony or are lucky enough to have a large open space, there are plenty of sustainable garden tips to help your garden thrive this year.
- GO PEAT-FREE!
Peat is found in bogs and wetlands, and is crucial to helping natural eco-systems thrive. It is more commonly harvested from its natural habitat to be used for compost in our gardens. This harvesting process releases carbon into the atmosphere, damaging natural habitats. Did you know, according to the Royal Horticultural Society, our planet’s billions of acres of peat holds more carbon than all the world’s forests combined! Now peat-free compost is readily available meaning that the peat can stay in its natural habitat!
- GROW YOUR OWN VEG!
Is there anything more satisfying than growing your own fruit and veg?! Start building your own kitchen garden with herbs and fruit and vegetable varieties that you can harvest year after year. Not only does it give you a rewarding feeling (and save you money), but it also allows you to be more self-sufficient, limiting the carbon footprint of purchasing vegetables from supermarkets that have been grown abroad. It also allows you to grow food free from pesticides which is another bonus for the environment!
- WATER SMARTLY!
We all know that for our gardens to thrive water is key! However, we can be more sustainable in the way we collect and use water to nurture our outdoor spaces. Getting a water butt to help catch and store rainwater from a downpipe will prevent less water waste. This rainwater can then be used to water your garden which is actually better for your plants than tap water. If you don’t have room for a water butt in your garden, don’t worry, you can still maximize the holding capacity of rainwater in your soil by adding organic matter as a top layer which will retain the water for longer.
- PLANT FOR WILDLIFE!
We can encourage natural wildlife in towns and cities by making our gardens a useful habitat for wildlife. Planting nectar-rich plants are great for bees and butterflies. Bee’s are particularly attracted to the colour purple, so plants like lavender and buddleia are great for them! Also, choosing a wildlife turf over a ‘perfect lawn’, which is enriched with wildflowers will attract butterflies, insects and small mammals. It is also low maintenance, only needing cutting twice a year.
- UPCYCLE AND RE-USE!
Its amazing what can be made out of old materials with a bit of imagination! Make a raised flower bed or vegetable patch out of old wood panels or replace growing your seeds in plastic flower pots with old egg boxes or toilet roll tubes. They are a great alternative to using plastic and better yet, they can be planted directly into the soil once the seeds are ready to plant out and will biodegrade!
If we’ve inspired you to get out into the garden this weekend, our Olivia Flyknit Trainer is a great gardening shoe companion with it’s easy slip-on design! Convenient to slip on and off whilst going in and out the house, the EVA sole is super cushioning for all day comfort, and of course, its sustainable too!!
Enjoy your weekend,
The Shu Da Team.