Growing your own fruits and vegetables has serious advantages. While we were used to consuming the fruits and vegetables of our supermarkets, it is a new homecoming for many Europeans. But to make a garden, you often need specific materials and products, and that makes the bill go up. Good news for those who care about ecology, here are some tips to make a garden 100% respectful of the environment and at a lower cost.
Fertilizers and natural fertilizers
For plants to grow, the soil needs fertilizer. Money can be easily saved by replacing garden fertilizer with compost or mulch.
To make compost, nothing complicated. Just do not put in the garbage its vegetable waste. We keep the peelings of our fruits and vegetables and all organic waste from the garden such as branches or twigs, which is stored in a tank or on the floor. The waste will decompose and turn into potting soil to be used as fertilizer at the time of planting the seeds.
Mulch is not fertilizer but fertilizer. Indeed, it helps protect and nourish your soil to allow plants to grow. Mulch can be made with a variety of items: straw, wood chips, grass, dead leaves and even pieces of cardboard. While a chemical garden fertilizer costs around thirty euros a year, mulch is a natural and economical solution. It is usually laid between February and April to prepare the land for cultivation.
How to save water?
Water is essential for growing plants. A garden requires many liters of water, and that is not good for saving money.
Rainwater harvesting has two important benefits: it does not cost you anything, and in addition, rainwater is much better for your crops than tap water that contains chemicals. Note that water for watering your plants does not need to be drinkable. Collect rainwater during the autumn and winter preceding the crop and store it in bottles or barrels.
Hoeing, to save water
A saying says “hoeing is worth two waterings”; but what is hoeing? This simply involves returning the top layer of soil from your garden to facilitate plant irrigation. To save water, it is essential! Moisture is prevented from evaporating and watering less often. Note that morning watering is preferable because the water evaporates less and the plants collect more water.
100% eco tips for growing your plants
To leave nothing to chance, here are some tips to preserve your crops and limit the material to buy in garden centers.
Pesticides is a big topic of debate in Europe. They are highly polluting and can be harmful to the consumption of fruits and vegetables, which is why most of them are now prohibited. But how to hunt insects that destroy your crops naturally? Several solutions exist. For example, peppermint is an excellent insecticide and fungicide. But the best tip is to plant nasturtiums in your garden: aphids are very attracted to this plant and will rush over, like ladybugs, which feed on aphids. A good solution, no?
Tired of tomato guardians who do not care? Here’s a tip that will allow you to grow your tomatoes without providing the least effort, at a lower cost, and all 100% natural. You will only need a corn seed! And yes, the cornstalk can serve as a guardian for climbing plants. The advantage is that the cornstarch is rigid enough to support the weight of a tomato stand, for example, and withstands high winds.