We’re always looking for ways to help the environment.
If you wish you could do a little bit more, why not follow these simple tips from The Greenhouse People? They could set you on your way to creating your own eco-friendly outdoor area, in the process offering nature a helping hand.
1. Help wildlife
Whether you live in the countryside, the suburbs or the city, your outside space can become a wildlife haven. Encouraging wildlife into your garden is relatively simple - all you need to do is provide shelter, food and water throughout the year.
2. Grow your own
If you’ve never tried it before, growing your own produce is worth considering - it can do wonders for both the environment and your health. Your food will have no air miles or industrial pesticides, and will be packed full of high-quality nutrients.
If you are looking for ways to extend the growing season, consider a greenhouse or, if you're lacking the space, a lean-to one.
Alternatively, if you do already grow your own, why not go one step further and make your own soil? You can do this with a compost bin, using kitchen scraps and garden waste.
Are you thinking about redesigning your garden?
Well, start by heading down to the local reclamation yard to see if you can find yourself some recycled gems. Keep your eyes peeled for pieces like pallet shelves (which can become planters), or tyres (which can be filled with flowers).
If you have no joy, try websites such as eBay or Freecycle - you never know what old items you may find that you can give a new lease of life.
4. Companion planting
Planting the right varieties next to each other can help you to get the best results. Certain plants can forge mutually beneficial relationships to repel pests, improve pollination and provide nutrients.
For instance, pair garlic and rose plants - the powerful garlic smell wards off pests that would otherwise eat the rose flowers.
5. Save water
You should always prioritise water for the plants that will need it the most. This includes young plants, greenhouses, hanging baskets and window boxes.