Keeping a garden
is a lovely way to do your part in an eco-friendly
world, whether it includes honeybee favorites like clover or your own vegetables. But there are other things you can do for your garden space to include it in the journey to sustainability, such as reusing items for signage and planters.
Here are 5 fun ideas for keeping your garden “green”:
If you have a large garden with several rows, it’s likely important to keep things organized and neat. One of the best ways to do that is by labeling each type of fruit or vegetable, and that can get costly if you take the time to have signage made up. Instead, try painting and labeling rocks, broken pieces of flower pot, or old spoons, which can be stuck in the ground for a whimsical addition to your space. These can all be sprayed or brushed with a fixative or clear protective barrier to keep the elements at bay and won’t decay like wood does.
Rubber tires are one of the biggest issues for the eco-conscious, but if you can find a way to reuse one or two of them, they can provide a great base for a planter for free. You can find a tutorial here, but be forewarned that cutting up rubber requires a very sharp knife, so take care and go slowly.
Most garden spaces are beautiful places to spend time and relax, and adding personal touches like whimsical bird feeders can really add personality to your plot. If you have old or chipped teacups and saucers, you can glue them to sturdy but otherwise-unusable table or chair legs and plant them in a corner of your garden. Fill them with different types of bird feed and sit back with a pair of binoculars to watch these lovely animals pay a visit.
It’s a sad fact that bee populations are dwindling, and these creatures are extremely important for our food supply. If you have a large outdoor space with enough room to safely accommodate a group of non-hive bees–such as mason bees–you might consider building a small home for them. You’ll need small hollow logs or paper tubes, bamboo, and some small wood pieces to get started. Find the tutorial here.
Photo by SunnyDayCrafts
Use the Sun to Heat Your Pool
Another great way to give your home and yard a sustainable update is to take your swimming pool into consideration. Installing solar heating panels is a great way to give your pool a long-lasting eco-friendly boost while also helping you save on energy costs.
Rain barrels are a wonderful addition to any garden and can be used to sustain several different types of plants. You can make your own out of materials you already own, but do some research first; some states have laws on collecting rainwater and how it can be used, and because the water goes through some undesirable places before it hits the barrel–such as your roof or gutter, where debris and animal droppings can live–it’s a good idea to only use the collected water for plants that won’t be eaten.
Laura Baker is a DIY-er extraordinaire. From small crafts to home renovations, she is an expert on keeping projects simple, inexpensive, and using minimal materials. She is enjoys writing about her crafting adventures for LearnFit.org.