Going Green Outside

Sunday, 28 February 2016  |  Admin

Going Green Outside.

The sun is shining (at least a bit), the flowers are starting to poke through and it’s time to get back into your garden. Gardening is a wonderful way to relax, destress and know that you are doing your bit to help protect the planet. The garden is the ideal place for eco-friendly activities, and nature is there to give you a helping hand!

If you're looking to live a more sustainable life, but you're unsure where to begin, then your garden is a great place to start. A few hours digging and tidying in the garden is a great workout, far more fun and more environmentally friendly than going to the gym. Start by planting a vegetable patch; the satisfaction you will get from actually eating something you’ve grown yourself is brilliant. You can arrange for packs of vegetable seedlings to be delivered direct to your door if you’re not sure about growing from seed, and if you have some shady patches in your garden then why not consider growing mushrooms? 

While you’re setting aside areas for growing, don’t forget about areas for recycling too. By installing a compost bin you can recycle all your compostable waste, and end up with some lovely compost to help you with your gardening projects. Don’t forget a waterbutt either; with our traditional British weather it’s a great way to collect rainwater, which is much better for your plants than using the water from the tap. 

Once you’ve finished the hard work in the garden during the day you’ll want somewhere to relax and put your feet up in the evening. Garden lighting can really make your space come alive, and there are some lovely environmentally friendly options. Glass lanterns with tealights look really pretty on tables, and especially lovely hung around or in trees (careful with making sure they are put out properly though, and out of reach of little helpers!). Solar powered lights are another option, with strings of lanterns making your garden space look truly enchanting, and perfect for a gazebo. One final tip – don’t forget a glass of something lovely to help you relax!