World Environment Day 2023: Some gardening tips to make positive impact on this special day
PTC Web Desk: On World Environment Day 2023, it's a great opportunity to celebrate nature and contribute positively to our environment through gardening.
Since every small step counts, and together we can make a positive impact on the environment through gardening, check out some gardening tips to make a positive impact on World Environment Day 2023
Go in for Native Species: Choose native plants for your garden as they are adapted to the local climate and require less water, fertiliser, and pesticides. Native plants also provide food and shelter for local wildlife, promoting biodiversity.
Composting: Start a composting system in your garden to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil. Composting food scraps and yard waste helps divert organic materials from landfills and provides natural fertiliser for your plants.
Water Conservation: Implement water-saving techniques in your garden. Use mulch to retain soil moisture, install a rainwater harvesting system to collect rainwater for irrigation, and consider drip irrigation to deliver water directly to the plants' root zones, minimising evaporation.
Create Habitat for Wildlife: Designate a section of your garden to attract and support local wildlife. Plant flowers that provide nectar for pollinators, set up bird feeders or birdhouses, and create small ponds or water features to attract beneficial insects and amphibians.
Avoid Chemical Pesticides: Minimise or eliminate the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides in your garden. Instead, opt for organic pest control methods such as companion planting, handpicking pests, or using natural insecticidal soaps.
Reduce Plastic Waste: Find alternatives to plastic in your gardening practices. Use biodegradable pots, seed trays, and plant labels made from sustainable materials. Avoid single-use plastic in your garden by using reusable gardening tools and avoiding plastic packaging when purchasing plants or supplies.
Plant trees in your garden or support local tree-planting initiatives to enhance the green cover.
Attract Pollinators: Plant flowers that attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These pollinators play a vital role in plant reproduction and help sustain ecosystems. Create a diverse and colorful garden with a variety of nectar-rich flowers.
Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Adopt Integrated Pest Management techniques to manage pests effectively. IPM focuses on using a combination of cultural practices, biological controls, and, if necessary, least-toxic chemical controls, minimising harm to the environment.
Plant Trees: Trees provide numerous environmental benefits, such as carbon sequestration, improved air quality, and shade. Plant trees in your garden or support local tree-planting initiatives to enhance the green cover and contribute to the fight against climate change.
And last but not the least share your knowledge and passion for gardening with others. Educate friends, family, and neighbours about the importance of sustainable gardening practices and encourage them to join in creating a greener and healthier environment.
- PTC NEWS