If you’re fortunate enough to have a green-thumbed neighbour, ask if they’d like to trade items to save both of you purchasing new ones.
Once you get into the mindset of being resourceful, it will soon come easy.
Think beyond household waste and look at what you could reuse in your garden. For example, try harvesting seeds from current flowers to sow the following year.
If you’re looking for more tips on eco-friendly gardening, here are five simple steps you can take to make your garden wildlife-friendly.
Achieving a wildlife-friendly space is when you know you’ve made it as a gardener!
There’s nothing more satisfying to me than spotting an array of creatures nestled away in the safety of plants that I have nurtured to life.
It’s a win-win because the more diverse your garden is, the healthier it is.
Another way to support wildlife is by filling your garden with native plants, as they are most beneficial to native creatures.
You can also provide a water source; whether it’s a birdbath or a small cup of water. (Make sure the water is shallow and it’s easy for animals and insects to climb out of.) You will likely attract all sorts of wildlife.
Although pests nibbling on your plants can be a nuisance, it’s often not a cause for concern.
Even if the population of pests increases, it’s best not to use chemicals, as this will kill beneficial organisms too.
You can take precautions to deter pests before they can spread. For example, a biodiverse garden will attract predators like ladybirds who will sort out the problem for you.
As a last resort, you can remove the pests by hand.
Want to attract more insects to your garden? Learn how to build your own bug hotel here:
Regardless of the climate, saving water is a good habit for any gardener. A water butt is one of the most low-maintenance ways to do so.
If you’d rather not splash your cash on a pre-made one, you can easily convert an old wheelie bin.
Checking the weather before you water your plants can prevent double watering, as the rain may come along and do the hard work for you.
Diligently watering your entire garden only to step inside as the rain begins to pour is not only a waste of water but a waste of time as well!
You can also save water by filling your garden with drought-resistant plants, such as lavender and bergenia.